I've been out of the woodworkin circle for a couple years and have gotten
back into it. For Mudder's Day, I made my SWMBO a nice jewelry chest out of
some exotic wood I'd had for about 15 years... either Tarara or Mirabau,
can't remember... anyhoo, it's a nice light reddish color with darker
streaks and wifey likes it the way it is, unfinished. I worry about it
picking up fingerprints, stains, etc. and I'm wondering if any of the new
finishes out there protect the wood without changing the color or darkening
it. I've not tried any of the water based urethanes, etc. My favorite
finish is Deft semi-gloss in the spray can but even that darkens the wood
None of them change the color. They merely impart some of their own
characteristics to the light returned to your eye.
Your lacquer is one of the clearest finishes available, but since it
provides a smoother reflective surface, it appears to have darkened the
wood. Note how much lighter a piece of wood sanded to 150 looks versus one
sanded to 320 to prove this is true. It's the eye of the beholder.
The shellac boys may chime in, but with alcohol in so many colognes and
such, I'd go with lacquer.
I have never seen anything that won't change the color (okay, refracted
light smart ass). For minimal color change on exotics I would try Trewax or
Johnsons Paste wax, on scrap, and see how you like it.
Of course, your distaste for precise knowledge might get in the way, but wax
and oil are points on the same line. Note, they share the same solvent
(s). Both will reduce surface scatter, though some huge molecule types,
like paraffin, might scatter enough inside themselves to look a bit lighter
if you lard 'em on the surface. Sort of like matte varnishes.
None that I know of.
My fave finish is paraffin wax, but that pops the grain and darkens.
I'm just about to put the third thick coat on my jarrah kitchen floor.
I just slap it on as a paste with mineral turpentine, and then let the
two brush polisher "work" it in. Comes up as a rich glow.
Cheap as chips and a cinch to repair with our sandy soils which play
havoc with plastic finishes. Jarrah is harder than any known finish,
so it needs no protection, just waterproofing and improving the
appearance. My hallway has no finish yet, but has been worn to a
burnished glow from dogs and foot traffic. The dogs used to slide down
it with their claws out trying to stop :)
Bring a scrap or two to a good hardware/paint store and tell them what
you're looking for. They should be able to apply samples of what they have
for you. If you're not happy with anything repeat at another store.
Super-blonde shellac, deglossed with 0000 steel wool, then waxed
to a satin finish with Johnson's paste wax. Shellac is the least-
darkening finish I've ever seen and used.
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