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Digizz

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Yet more questions ;)

Can anyone recommend a finish for Maple - for a coffee table - I'd like something that remains light and brings out the subtle grain in maple but is nice and hard wearing - oh and easyish to apply would be a bonus but not essential.
 

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Hi Dig,
I have used cellulose sanding sealer with a coat of wax-leaves a really nice finish and is a piece of cake to apply. Will need to use coasters but you'll be doing that anyway on your pride and joy! :D
Hope this is of help,
Philly :D
 

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Thanks,

Does it give a high, med or low gloss? or does that depend on the number of coats applied?

How about a harder wearing finish that will resist hot mugs etc?
 

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Umm... Patina? It came out a lot better than I expected on a maple box, but not ideal if you want a very pale finish perhaps.

Cheers, Alf
 

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Second vote for Patina. My maple coffee table still looks respectable after several months of abuse by the kids (and bigger kids).
 

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Is Patina a particular product or type of finish in this case? I'm familiar with the words meaning though. :)
 
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I made a desk out of maple and needed a really hard wearing surface. I used Varathane satin finish water-based urethane varnish. 6 coats with sanding inbetween and finished off with a light polish using 0000 gauge wire wool and final buff with white wax. Hard as nails and it looks perfect after 7 years of continuous use.

I have also used Cuprinol, but it does 'yellow' maple very slightly, so I prefer the Varathane. Easy clean-up too!

Cuprinol does give a really nice rich finish on cherry. Pic of cherry bedroom furniture on my website.

http://www.managementtectonics.com/woodwork
 
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I'm currently using up a supply that I bought in the US about 6 years ago. Haven't needed to source it in the UK yet - think I bought too much!
 

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I thought I'd bring this thread to the top again to see if anyone has more words of wisdom on the subject. It's been a while since the subject was originally discussed.

I'm currently working on a piece of maple and I want to preserve both the grain and the whiteness of the wood whilst achieving a durable finish. Suggestions, folks?

Gill
 

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Gill, a water based laquer is probably the best thing for this. They don't yellow as much as other finishes and have very little effect on the colour.
 

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As Chris says waterbased Lacquer, I use Barfords Aquacote which is also used as a floor finish so wears well and will not darken the wood like an oil.

My Chess Table was finished with Aquacote, not much on their site now but ask for a leaflet. only problem is that the smallest they do is 5lts at just over £50 :(

Jason
 

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Thanks Chris and Jason. That's what I'll do, although I'll probably use something like Chestnut's acrylic lacquer instead of Aquacote. It seems to be rather less expensive.

Gill
 

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Gill":30mv4ckn said:
It seems to be rather less expensive.
Using Axminsters prices I make it £67.00 for 5lts (12 1/2 cans)

But If you don't need that much :D

Jason
 

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JasonB":2b05v48m said:
(12 1/2 cans)
bearing in mind that Axminster will get in the bigger container sizes if you push them - and you may have to wait a couple of days.

Cheers

Tim
 
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