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11-20-2010 06:18 PM

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I have made a base for a stone sculpture out of maple and want to apply a finish to maintain the light color of the wood. I was thinking of using a clear lacquer and I would like to know if this is the best finish to use.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 06:30 PM

Blond shellac.

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 07:49 PM


Not sure if you can get this product where you are, but I have just finished a breakfast bar out of hard maple and I used a matt water-based acrylic varnish called Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish. They also do it in Gloss and Satin.

It didn’t change the colour of the maple at all. Check out my projects to see how I applied it.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 07:52 PM

My thought is if you are using it for a stone sculpture, and the base of the stone is at all rough, you would want to use something that will hold up. I would tend to think a few coats of clear oil based polyurethane
would be best. I would finish it much like a floor.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 10:03 PM

Thanks everyone for your input ! The idea of using water-based or acrylic varnish appeals to appeal to me most since there aren’t the fumes to deal with and the sculpture will be kept indoors. I looked at your project Andy and got the method you used to finish the maple. Now I will look for that product or a similar equivalent to purchase.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 11:48 PM

i love Watco spray on laquer. You can do 6 coats in a few hours and it is very strong (both finish and smell!). It does darken the wood a tad.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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