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post #1 of 8 Old 01-27-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Matte finish???

Occasionally I have a piece that I would really like to leave with an unfinished sanded surface but I know it needs something on it for protection. Any tips on how to achieve a finish that doesn't look like a finish? (e.i. no shine and minimal color change)
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Satin lacquer?

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I would turn a small spindle and try several things in maybe 2" long sections. The lacqure suggest by sawdustfactory. Try thinned shellac (2 or 3 to 1) and let soak in good and go back and with a cloth damp with DNA rub off all the excess. Also mineral oil and again rub off any excess after five or ten minutes.

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it all depends on your wood types
i sometimes use sanding sealer 40/60 thinners then cut it back whit 0000 wire wool that works fine on beech mineral oil is matt on almost all wood
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'Nother vote for mineral oil...

I've used it on several turned items with good results...

Advise the recipient to re-oil as needed.


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if it very dry I have got away with DO, soaked right in with two coats. No need to re-oil although it looked like an oiled finish.

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Any oil finish will give a matt/satin finish. Only problem with oil finishes they highlight any tools marks, sanding scratches, or other defects. A good oil finish requires good surface prep.

Only oil finish that can think of that will give you protection from water vapor is pure Tung Oil. Need several coats to achieve effective barrier. To speed up drying need 1 to 1 one mix of TO and turpentine. Apply a coat, wait 24 hours between reapplications, may take month to fully cure. Expensive Polymerized Tung Oil dries little faster but very expensive. Several Tung Oil products have no Tung Oil in them.

Can buy several satin oil-varnish or wiping varnishes products or make your own. Starting point for homebrews stir don’t shake:
Oil-varnish or poly: 1/3 oil, 1/3 finish, 1/3 thinner
Wiping varnish or poly Ĺ finish, Ĺ thinner

Wiping varnish or poly should give the most protection. Several brands of wiping varnish/poly 80% thinner 20% finish.
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To me I love the look and feel of Danish oil. There is enough poly in there to give some hardness as protection but also a nice feel. Sometimes I put a gloss poly finish on and then knock it back with steel wool to give a satin look. But it now has a hard surface underneath.

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