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Forum topic by WithTheGrain posted 08-17-2019 01:30 AM 227 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2019 01:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak finishing question

I am new here so I apologize in advance if I am going against any protocols. I’m hoping someone can give me some advice on finishing a jewelry box for my daughter.

I am using red oak lumber and my goal is to try to turn the wood as white as possible but still preserve the grain of the wood.

I have experimented with bleaching the wood with a two part A&B bleach. This removes most of the red from the red oak. I then applied 2 coats of Miniwax “simply white” stain. At this point the wood looked great, very nice white stain. I then gave it a quick sand and applied a coat of Miniwax polycrylic crystal clear in matte finish. At this point I was a little disappointed that it gave the finish a slight yellow/green shade and took away that bright white that I liked.

Any advice on how I could finish off this surprise project for my daughter? The main goal is to get the wood white but preserve some of the nicer aspects of the grain.

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 05:19 AM

Sounds like you did it right…up to the final coat. I’ve not used Minwax “simply white’ stain, nor the Minwax polycrylic, but I have clear-coated over white paint many times. The results sounds like what you are getting. The final clear coat always shifts the color slightly, so its not as bright white. It has a slightly yellowish tint. Enough that you can see the difference between before and after top coats. A matte finish also has a lot of pigment suspended in it that may further shift the color.

What you want to do is experiment with other “water white” finishes (other than Minwax) to see if you can find one that works. A poly-acrylic finish has polyurethane it it and it may be the polyurethanes that cause the color shift. I’d try to find a pure acrylic water-white finish. Lots of brands out there and the formulations are all different and make use of different quality resins. Minwax is not the highest tier of product. Try a gloss finish. If that works, you can rub out the final coat to a nice matte. That way, no additional flattening agents are in the final coat.

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 01:07 PM

Acrylic lacquer is about as colorless as you can get.

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