I am building my retirement home at the lake and am using poplar tongue and grove to sheet the walls and cieling. The wood has very decorative grain so I would like to apply a non yellowing finish. everything I have tried has darkened the wood. Any suggestions?
> I am building my retirement home at the lake and am using poplar
>tongue and grove to sheet the walls and cieling. The wood has very
>decorative grain so I would like to apply a non yellowing finish.
>everything I have tried has darkened the wood. Any suggestions?
You probably have a problem.
There is a reason poplar is known by some as "paint wood".
Anything will darken the wood...the water based products will darken it the
least. You can markedly reduce the darkening by wiping on a very thin coat
of white oil paint - about 50% paint, 50% thinner - and then wiping off all
you can before applying the clear topcoat. The paint prevents penetration
of the topcoat which is what causes the darkening. Poplar will
darken/yellow all by itself over time.
Need I say that if you use a water based top coat you'd have to let the oil
paint dry first? Not so if an oil based topcoat is used. One can also use
thinned water base paint first but it is much harder to apply and remove.
Alternatively, one could use a clear acrylic sealer such as Seal-Krete to
prevent topcoat absorption.
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