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Forum topic by BigJon posted 01-29-2015 04:34 PM 697 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BigJon

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01-29-2015 04:34 PM

Hello all! Want to give a huge thanks for the wealth of information that is freely shared here! I have a question about finishing cedar. I make several small items like scarf hangers, small bowls etc and looking for a non-yellowing finish for cedar. All pieces will be for interior use only. I have read that Sherwin Williams CAB acrylic is about the best, but its also pretty pricey. Is there a cheaper option that will not yellow, or least not yellow very much cedar?? Thanks!

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-29-2015 05:27 PM

Most of the waterborne finishes are water clear, and they don’t yellow with age. Some of the waterborne finishes do have a small amount of coloring added to them to simulate the “warming” effect that oil finishes initially give to most woods, even with that they don’t shift over time. Another color fast finish is shellac, but you would probably want one of the more refined colors (like a blonde or super blonde), the others may have more color in them than you would like. If you want to try shellac, you could start with Zinnser clear. There are so many waterborne finishes and I’m not sure which ones have the added color I don’t know what to suggest, maybe call Target Coatings (or whatever manufacturer you would like) and ask them. If you want something from a box store, maybe the new Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane (a waterborne) might do.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 01:07 AM

Shellac and lacquer have worked well for me on Eastern Red Cedar (juniper) with minimal color change.

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 11:39 AM

Thanks for the reply’s. Tried rustoleums ultimate polyurethane and really like it. It doesn’t deepen the color at all and leaves a silky smooth finish that warm and soft to the touch. Very good stuff seems like!

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#4 posted 05-06-2015 01:14 PM

Minwax Polycrylic will also work well on cedar, and doesn’t yellow, if you ever need an alternative.

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#5 posted 05-06-2015 01:40 PM

Cool thanks

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