I used holly as a trim wood on a project I am working on because it is a
very white color wood. I would like to preserve the 'whiteness' as much as
possible when I apply a finish. Holly was specifically chosen because of
the white color of the wood. I'm experimenting with various approaches to
finishing it without it turning amber. Any suggestions? My latest thought
is to apply a light wash of clear shellac followed by a spray finish using
Deft gloss lacquer. Prrevious experience shows that Deft provides the least
amount of 'ambering'. Can I use a lacquer over shellac? Does anyone have
any other approaches that might work better?
You can put just about anything over shellac - that's why a light cut
of shellac makes a good sealer coat. Even super-blonde shellac has
just a little color, though I doubt if it would be noticeable on holly.
I think your idea is a good one - let us know what works.
Don't really have an answer to _your_ question, but will ask you one
Do you remember how much that holly cost per bd/ft? I was in a
Rocklers the other day and they had some holly for sale. They sell per
lineal foot, so didn't really have a comparison in bd/ft, but it was
more than triple the cost of most of the other stuff.
Beautiful wood, but cost a metric butt ton per bd/ft!
Not surprising--holly is very slow growing and doesn't reach much size
so there's a minimal amount of it available by definition. Add to that
it's essentially unique character to make it highly prized and you have
the recipe for a premium-priced product.
use a waterborne finish such as waterborne poly or waterborne lacquer.
they won't yellow over time, and they go on more colorlessly than other
finishes (shellac, oil based poly). I doubt "clear" shellac is really
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