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Posted on Need tips on finishing curly maple to a nice brown for flag display case

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#1 posted 05-22-2019 03:32 AM

I’ve had really good results with GF Nutmeg gel stain. Most of mine has been on poplar. The thing to note is that the more grain pattern and structure the wood has, the richer the results. Minimal grain pattern results in blah, uninteresting finish. Arm-R-Seal Satin (3 or 4 wipe-on coats) makes an attractive, tuff topcoat finish. The gel stain eliminates a lot of problems with dyeing and staining. Nutmeg gel stain is a medium density stain that accents the highs and lows of the grain patterns – not too light and weak; and not too dark and overly dense. Be sure to make tests on samples similar to the wood/grain of your final wood chooices.

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