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Posted on burl veneer finish is very matte

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#1 posted 10-03-2016 10:26 PM

If the burl also has a very open grain structure (as burls are want to do), finishes will always look “duller” until the pores get filled up.

If using an oil based varnish, you can try making a slurry by gently wet sanding using the finish itself and maybe some p400 or p600 wet-dry paper. Can take a long time to make sufficient slurry to push down into the pores.

Alternately, use a film forming finish like shellac or lacquer and lots of it. You can pore fill with shellac and grinding a little pumice or Rottenstone to, again make a slurry which is pushed into the pores (similar to base step of French polishing). Or lots and lots of coats of shellac or lacquer until it builds up sufficiently to be rubbed out level and polished.

If you have some left-over veneer, make a test panel and test your finishing schedule on that.

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