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Forum topic by M2D2 posted 05-09-2018 06:41 PM 620 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2018 06:41 PM

Hey Everyone,

I was hoping some of the experienced folks in spalted maple, might be able to help me identify what was used to finish this spalted maple in the pic. I have no idea …it could be anything from BLO to tung, to danish, to dye, to ????

thanks a bunch for your feed back…

PS: Is there any reason why you couldn’t use a top coat over an oil just to add a extra layer of protection?

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#1 posted 05-09-2018 10:07 PM

M2, I can’t answer your question but I have a buddy that loves the look of spalted maple and always uses shellac to finish it. Furthermore, shellac is the universal binder, i.e. it sticks to everything and everything sticks to it. Use a respirator when working with spalted maple because the black lines are mold and best not inhaled. Shellac is soluble in alcohol so you should use an alcohol resistant top coat for a flat surface. HTH

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