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#1 posted 08-17-2020 10:39 PM

This is what I was talking about. I tried the Varathane Ultimate Poly and is made the wood a lot darker.
Is there something that would not have this effect?
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Suggest you run an little experiment for some color education?

Wipe unfinished surface with mineral spirits or turpentine, and compare it to color of the WB poly coated area.
My guess it they will look same.
WB poly is one the clearest coatings available in market, often call ‘water clear’ or ‘water white’ color. Which means it looks just like a wet surface. You will not find any top coating that adds less color than water clear top coat! Even a coat of wax on raw wood will add some sheen and make it look near the same. Test it and check for yourself. ;)

+1 Can reduce the ‘wet’ look or gloss of poly by using a satin or flat finish version. It will look a little lighter.
The manual alternative is evenly scuff the surface with white plastic sanding pad (0000 steel wool equivalent), after it has thoroughly dried. I don’t like to use steel wool around WB coatings, due the chance for rust stains created by left over dust with next coat of WB finish. Can use the pads under your ROS to help create a consistent scratch pattern. Test on some scraps to learn how to scuff up gloss surface, not the project.

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