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JFC

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My next job is to build bookcases with raised and fielded panneling below them . I have to mach some panelling in the hallway of the building and the grain pattern looks like oak but its been made to look like dark mahogony and has a high sheen to it . It looks like see thro brown paint .
Any ideas what this finish is ? im guessing its an old way of finishing as the building is a few hundred years old .
 

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JFC,
Sounds like an oil based thixotropic coloured grain filler has been used and/or a few coats of pigmented mahogany finish - Ronseal do two of the latter (regular and deep mahogany) that would probably do what you need. If you aren't filling the grain with a couple of coats on a test piece, start with the grain filler - that might only need a clear finish on top.
 

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Thanks Chris , i called a french polisher this morning and while speaking to him i noticed my jap oak dresser has the same finish so hes comming round to have a look . Im only guessing but i bet it was the 70s when they decided to make everything look like quater cut sapele
 
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