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Bill Neff
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Suggestions needed for urn finish
Sep 10th, 2021 at 9:40am
 
I'm working on a commissioned urn and the customer wants it to have a matte finish that doesn't darken the wood.  I had planned to use a gloss lacquer but that is out.  The urn is spalted maple with a black walnut ring & cap. The ring is about 2/3 the way up so I could get the depth for volume.

I'm considering one of the walnut oils like Mahoney's or Dr.s Woodshop.  For those who have used these, how many coats should I plan on?   Will there need to be maintenance coats later down the road?   I'm suspecting few to none since this is a display piece and won't be washed.  Any other advice or suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Suggestions needed for urn finish
Reply #1 - Sep 10th, 2021 at 4:26pm
 
I think those oils will darken the wood.  I would use a flat water based poly.  That should not affect the color to much.
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Re: Suggestions needed for urn finish
Reply #2 - Sep 12th, 2021 at 7:37am
 
Water based poly should not darken the wood. Any oil will change the color.
I use BLO to darken ash. Makes it look more like oak.
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Re: Suggestions needed for urn finish
Reply #3 - Sep 13th, 2021 at 6:53pm
 
+1 for water base poly.  The other option, gloss versions of either lacquer or water base poly can be made into a matte sheen with 600 grit paper or steel wool.  Some experiments might be necessary.   Wet sanding might be preferred.  To my eye, water base poly looks great on spalted maple, lacquer does produce a slight amber tone but not much.
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