I know very little about wood finishing, so I am turning to this group for
some help. There is a fairly bewildering array of products out there.
I am installing pre-finished natural maple hardwood (Lauzon select & better
maple) flooring. I'd like to install some flush-mount wood registers from
All-American Wood Register Co. Of course they come unfinished...
Does anybody have any recommendation on how best to finish these wood
registers to match the flooring as closely as possible?
The easiest way is to ask the flooring dealer. The supplier may sell the
If not, you buy an array of stains that are close and try them on scrap
pieces of the same wood as the registers. If the registers are made from a
different wood than the floor, there may be some color difference anyway.
There will be a difference if you use a pre-treatment also.
Theres a classic case of not reading the question properly. He said its
natural, no stain. The only thing he needs to know is whether the finish is
water base or oil, or if they used an oil sealer under water base
POSTER: Call your dealer or look on the manufacters website and find out
which it is. Water base leaves maple much lighter/whiter than oil base. If
they don't offer the finish, you can then go to any hardware store and buy
most any water or oil polyurethane and they will match color. Try to get a
finish formulated for floors. Apply 4-5 coats with a $.79 brush. Its not
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