Multi Species Panel - Enhance Grain, but keep contrast with minimal amber

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Forum topic by Jeff B. posted 06-19-2019 05:16 AM 370 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff B.

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06-19-2019 05:16 AM

Good evening,

In this pic you see a panel I made up – walnut, Maple and zebra wood. I want to really pop and highlight the grain of the walnut and zebra, but I want to avoid amber tint and maintain as much of the light natural color of the Maple as possible. Also, this will ultimately be a “cornhole” beanbag game, so it needs to be quite durable. What’s the best strategy for these varied species? Thank you for your advice

- Zebrawood, walnut, maple panel
- I want to enhance the grain of the wood, but avoid ambering the maple too much – I want the contrast.
- I am an amateur, and though I’ll try anything with good instruction, simpler is better.
- What about GF Endurovar? Will it amber significantly? And if I use it could I mask off the maple and put water poly over the entire panel including where I used Endurovar on those darker woods?

Thanks again in advance for the help

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 07:32 AM

You specified GF Endurovar, but GF can offer product details, and comparisons on all their products, HERE

Specifically topcoats here

Mostly you will see the ambering on the Maple. Enduro-var will be less than an Oil, but still there will be some. However if there is much grain to see on the Zebra, or Walnut, heck even the Maple, it will pop it somewhat. A full on oil will do better for POP, and a thin coat of a very clear shellac will hardly amber at all, but it won’t pop much either.

This has been my experience. Hoping someone has one of these newer finishes that pops like crazy, and doesn’t amber. I want some too. So far it’s been one or the other as far as I’ve noticed.

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 06:54 PM

Define “pop” the grain. If you mean add chatoyance, without some amber, the only thing Im aware of is SW CAB acrylic lacquer. Not very good durability for your application. Im sure there are other finishes, but they will be solvent based, spray application, and a lot of voc’s. Might be some industrial type polyester or vinyl finishes.

No waterbased product will provide chatoyance. If thats ok, Target EM9000 is a water clear wb poly, and for that application get the crosslinker as well which adds durability.

Platina shellac will create chatoyance, but will add slight amber. Could be use under a wb finish.

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