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post #1 of 3 Old 10-14-2014, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Natural looking finish

I just finished a walnut dresser, and I want a finish that looks unfinished, essentially. I much prefer the look of the raw walnut over the darker traditional walnut furniture look.

What I would love is some kind of protective finish (doesn't have to be super protective, it's a dresser, not a table) that maintains the look it currently has. I was going to go with Watco Danish Oil, but it's too dark for my taste. What would you guys recommend? Water-based poly? Poly doesn't excite me, but if that's what I have to do to maintain the color...

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Anything you put on it is going to alter the appearance however I think the water based poly would make the least change. Also it would help the cause if you would use a flat water based poly.
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As Steve said, anything you put on it will change the appearance slightly.

I would just use a regular lacquer, in the lowest sheen you can possibly get, which would be a 3-5 gloss lacquer. First, I would apply a coat of sealer, scuff sand with 320 grit, then come back with 2 coats of lacquer sanded lightly with 240 grit in between your coats.
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