To minimize yellowing (a problem with all maple), skip the oil. Your best bet, as always, is to take a couple of sample pieces and try them yourself. Whether you use a brush, roller, lambswool or T-bar, the key to a good finish job is an even, uniform coating. Crystal clear or amber tone: Many clear finishes add a rich, warm, amber tone to the wood. I really like how the whiteness in the maple goes with our blue walls, and keeping the wood white is also a big part of my defense against my wife’s preference for painting. Waterborne finishes are clear and don't yellow with age. I don’t know the existing finish, but it didn’t hold up to being splashed with water from the sink. I was thinking linseed oil would be good but would like if you share your opinion on what you think is best. It all depends on the look you are after. Anti-microbial properties, low gloss, textured finish, - 8.5 Nominal Gloss Units Aged Bark (AB) A honed, raw woodgrain evokes the feel of natural bark - 4.3 Nominal Gloss Units Oil finishes penetrate down into the wood, bringing out the color and luster of the wood, and allow you direct contact with the warmth and distinctive texture of the wood. In this episode, I put the finish on the pencil holder. It will only get indirect sun when it is complete. Since maple floors can be touchy to finish, it is never a good idea to try anew or different application tool. Messages In This Thread Clear finish for maple Follow Barker Door on Instagram. Wet the wood with water before staining and let dry, this opens the grain to accept the stain evenly, then sand out with 320 grit going with the grain. These finishes adhere to dewaxed shellac that's been lightly sanded. He makes it really clear and easy to understand. In terms of clear finishes I think the standard, or I should say your standard, for finishing maple will work for this too, broadly speaking. I have been reading those. Water-based finishes. Oil finishes add a bit of depth and color to unfinished wood. I can do clear-only finishes that make maple look like that. Unless you get a pour on finish that is very thick you will need to have some sort of protection between the desk and the paper which you are writing on. It's for a daughter just starting apartment life who will likely move frequently, so should be a durable finish. I'm an inexperienced finisher, have always used brush on poly before except one piece I tung oiled and waxed. AvinED Technical Furnishings 915 Railroad Street Springdale, PA 15144. Subscribe to Barker Door's Blog This is my first project with this light of a wood (I've worked primarily with cherry in previous projects.) UV breaks down the finish along with the wood beneath, while temperature and humidity changes swell and shrink the wood, shaking and flaking off the weakened finish. Varnish is a clear finish … Since we are working with a beautiful curly maple, I think the finish deserves a little extra special attention. Any clear finish would work. Rob Johnstone: Staining maple to a dark hue, which is very dense and quite light in color, with an oil based or gel-style product is hard work … and in my opinion, not a good idea. The figure in tiger, or curly, maple is a feature of great potential beauty. Maple Finish For a "wet look" clear finish, I often use the Varathane Diamond Finish 200031. I would suggest spending some time doing on-line research on coloring maple in particular. Of all of these, I prefer to use an acrylic finish on maple. This is the way I believe antique curly maple with highly defined curls was finished – a first coat of boiled linseed oil, followed probably by several coats of shellac. I'd like to keep the color as light as possible - like it looks under alcohol. Please recommend a finish to use on maple kitchen cabinet doors. Curly maple looks fantastic with a few coats of an oil based varnish. I'm looking for non-yellowing finish suggestions that will keep the natural look of the wood. However, if your project is a light color—whether stained or unfinished wood—it is best to protect it with a finish that remains crystal clear. Note: Not all of these finishes are commonly considered a food safe wood finish, which is why only 2 of them are on my list above. (My other defense is that we can always paint over a clear finish, but we can’t easily backtrack from paint.) They also protect the wood, making them ideal for kitchen use. Download Swatch JPG (217.41 kb) Download Full Sheet JPG (27.06 kb) ... Swatch Samples only come in Standard Finishes based on the Product Line. Coating wood cabinetry, furniture, or trim with a clear finish, whether you stain it or not, gives it richness and depth while protecting it from knocks, scrapes, and the weather. That is what I used on shop cabinets made with maple ply, and it looks quite good. Best clear coat finish product for hard maple - kitchen cabinets If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You can finish by applying several coats of any finish, but oil finishes won’t produce enough shine or depth to maximize the contrast you’re trying to achieve. An acrylic is not only colorless, but it also has a natural screening effect for blocking UV light, which yellows maple. Get one of Bob Flexner’s books. Please contact Customer Service for additional information: +44 1916220096 You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Usually apply about 4-6 coats, spray with HVLP conversion gun, sanding with 240 between coats. Greg in Muscatine IA >I'm building a crib out of maple and would like the finish to be a clear as possible and with as little amber tint as possible. These are the 2 categories of penetrating oils, so let me break it down a little further so you can understand the difference. Clear finish for maple. But it will … This is a relatively forgiving product to spray. Clear Finish Top (Standard) — Maple … Tops are easy kid pleasers, and great for parties, stocking stuffers, and goodie bags. Clear Finish Top (Standard): Simple, clear hardwood top measures 1-3/8" diameter. If it is a display, and you need some toughness, you could use a water based polyurethane. I can’t wait to finish a project so I can try some new things. Start with a seal coal of dewaxed super-blond shellac and top it with waterborne polyurethane. want to keep as natural as possible. Would waterborne lacquer be the way to go here? Sales: 724.274.5470 Ext 235 Fax: 724.274.5471 I just want something that will resist damage cause by my fingernails and look good. Sign up to receive news about our latest installations, upcoming events & exciting new designs. When spraying natural maple with a waterborne finish, the maple usually looks a bit flat or lifeless due to the clear nature of waterborne finishes (in my opinion). Shellac Wax Varnish Polyurethane Lacquer. I'm just wondering if there is a good product for wipe-on finish and non-yellowing for maple. I'm ready to finish a simple maple bed. Like Barker Door on Facebook. These finishes dry clear, which gives your table a slick, glossy look. Others remain crystal clear. Without some kind of finish to protect it from the elements, wood can become as dry and lifeless as day-old toast. Even when you seal the maple and apply a stain, the color may be more uneven than you'd prefer -- and there's an easy way to remedy that. Apply a coat of finish, and then tone the wood by spraying pigment on the dried finish or wiping on a gel stain. Clear Maple. Varnish. Follow Barker Door on Twitter. Or one of this forum's experienced members can give you some steps to take if you are specific about the look you want and be clear about your capabilities and past finishing experience. You can choose whichever look you prefer for your project. I use precats - and I find that Lenmar has a deep amber tone that will turn any raw wood finish that color (without reduction). A gloss or semi-gloss usually looks a bit better over maple … But its not just any finish. Unless you're paying top dollar for a specialty marine finish, you're left with the yearly task of sanding away the damaged, clear, film-forming finish and reapplying. On certain species the color change can be very noticeable. But how can you finish it to bring out its full loveliness? You can, of course, give it a clear finish—like General Finishes Arm-R-Seal or a water-based finish such as General Finishes High Performance.This will reveal the curl as a lightly shimmering variation in a tone that adds subtle elegance to a project. Penetrating Oil Finishes: Drying vs Non Drying. Finishing 101 is good and Understanding wood finishing is more comprehensive. what i want to know is one that is tough, looks nice and will not chip when hit against something like thorns. Preparing the maple for stain is easy, finish sand down to 400 grit going with the grain of the wood as you sand. I am in the process of building a bench for indoor use out of hard maple. —Dave Menci, Collegeville, Pa. A: Few finishes survive frequent contact with water, Dave. That basically means you are writing directly on the wood. The finishes that you put on the surface of wood is usually less than 5 mil thick. The trick is in your choice of product. 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