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Forum topic by Mrowell posted 07-08-2016 05:10 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2016 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut finishing poly varnish shellac stain wood filler flag case memorial question

Hey all! I am looking for suggestions on finishing Peruvian walnut. I don’t want to change the color and want something that will hold up well. I am making a memorial flag case for my wifes grandfather whom passed away so I think I want to seal the grain also. Suggestions on a grain filler and finish? I have never finished walnut before.

-- Matt R

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#1 posted 07-08-2016 11:05 PM

Matt, there are many grain fillers. Aquacoat is one that gets goods reviews. Then topcoat it with water borne poly to keep the color as close to natural as possible. As always, TEST your finishing schedule on scrap before doing anything to your project.

However, walnut is a tight grained wood and, personally, I wouldn’t bother filling the grain. Your test scrap will help you make that decision. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 07-08-2016 11:08 PM

I have finished it with satin lacquer and it looked sublime. The grain on the Peruvian walnut I have worked was pretty smooth, and I didn’t see a need for grain filler.

I used two coats of Rudd lacquer and it seemed to keep the natural look of the wood, without being overly glossy or with a plastic appearance. It almost looks like I just waxed it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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