i'm getting a pitch pine floor which i am going to put a polyurethane
varnish onto (it will have a lot of traffic). i want to keep it a
natural colour more or less but would like to accentuate the grain
without making it a lot darker - ie: i don't want to put antique stain
on it. Any ideas ????
Freshly machined pitch pine is quite pale with a pronounced orange
grain. Be careful with the caustic treatment- it can darken this species
dramatically, but the effect can be reversed with peroxide bleach if you
get it wrong.
As Andy says, use an acid cat varnish, like Rustins, as it's much
tougher and genuinely clear. Get a mask and evacuate the house for a
couple of hours afterwards though.
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