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Forum topic by DonJ posted 05-27-2009 12:15 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2009 12:15 AM

I am building a box with walnut, curly maple, and an inlay of red heart. I would like to pop the curly maple, but don’t have the time to do it right, as I’m delivering the box in a few days. I plan on using lacquer for the final coat(s). What would be the best process given the time limitations? I was thinking a quick coat of Seal a Cell from General Finishes, then the lacquer top coat. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 06:50 PM

if you want to pop the grain wipe on a clear oil based stain like minwax. It has the necessary dryers in it just like a pigmented stain, but it is clear. Then just spray your sanding sealer and top coats like a normal job. HTH

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 07:52 PM

I’ve always had good results with just spraying a clear coat over figured wood. I think your plan is a good one.

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 09:02 PM

Clear / stain – isn’t this oxymoronic?


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#4 posted 05-31-2009 06:16 AM

I hope it’s not too late to throw out a suggestion. I was making a box with walnut and maple and wanted the maple to pop out as well. It ended up a little muted and I couln’t figure out why. It turns out that I hadn’t removed the sanding dust as thoroughly as I should. This allowed some of the walnut brown to darken the maple white. Take a little extra time to make sure all of the dust is off the project and you will have better results.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 03:44 PM

I’ve used BLO, Tung oil, or clear Watco alone. I’ve used those oils and topped them off with lacquer or clear poly. Then, Ive used just lacquer or poly without the oils. I can’t see any initial differences except in the time it took. Down the road, the oils applied alone lose their sheen and do need re-applications.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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