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post #1 of 4 Old 03-11-2011, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Non-yellowing ideas for my half bathroom.

Hello all,

Just a brief introduction, my name is Michael, and I am 24 yrs old, and just purchased my first home. It is a log home on 5 heavily pined acres approximately 2.5 hour north of NYC, in Eldred, NY.

Anyways, I am installing a new kitchen with white pine 6"x6" support beams, and 3"x5.5" ceiling beams all roughcut, and 6" T&G knotty pine above the ceiling beams. I also am going to redo all of the interior walls, the outermost walls are the lightly stained logs, so I am going to finish the interior walls with 8" T&G to match the interior logs. I also have 1.5 bathrooms, the full bath I am going to follow the stain color of the rest of the house, with a poly-urethane to seal from moisture, any better recommended product to seal wood for bathroom use?

Now my half bath is what sparked my interest in joining, Ideally, I'd like 8" T&G on walls, and 6" on the ceiling, ALL unstained, and un polyed, basically installed in store bought condition, my favorite look. I only have a vanity, toilet in this half bath. I am concerned with water splashing from hand washing, and swelling, staining the unprotected wood. I would put a low gloss poly on it, but HATE the golden yellow it changes to.

Any ideas for me, that will seal the T&G white pine, with a low gloss? Or ideally NO gloss, just for this half bath?

I have a huge project for this house, and will probably post quite a bit. Please bare with me if I ask any usual questions.

I appreciate any input, VERY much, thank you.
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I'm no finish expert, but I did paint houses for 8 years and used varnishes/poly's often. Waterbased poly's won't yellow like oil based ones. Shellac may be another option for you, sealing the wood but not affecting the color much. As always, try several options on scrap lumber and see what you like best. Hope this helps.

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My wife and i just spent the last year or so doing something very close to what you are doing....essentially gutted a small little cabin and installed T&G new england white pine on the walls and ceiling in every room. I applied 3 coats of WB poly to everything and we are seeing virtually no yellowing or discoloration similar to what may occur with an oil based product. In the bathroom I applied a few more coats as it will get moisture from shower steam and hand washing etc. (The shower area itself has been tiled) It looks great. All that wood moves quite a bit, so if you have humidity levels that fluctuate a lot as we do in our area, be prepared for a lot of wood movement. At first that bothered me but now it's just kind of adds to the chracater of the place.
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Thank you both for your input.

I too believe my best bet will be water-based, I will give it a try.
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