ultra natural "finish" for vertical grain douglas fir
Can anyone offer suggestions for treating interior door/window CVG DF trim or point me to some links, I searched a bit, but did not find a specific answer. I do not want the appearance of any stain, enhanced color or obvious finish. I have tried the following samples:
Varathane IPN clear satin Diamond Finish (sanding between coats with 400)
Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin (sanding between coats)
Watco natural danish oil
Varathane wood conditioner pre-stain.
So far the minwax is my least favorite, the watco brings out too much color. The diamond finish is closest to what I want but still too much of a finished look. I like the look of just the wood conditioner by it's self, but never heard of that being done. I want to experiment with the wood conditioner and maybe a more minimal application of the satin diamond finish, is that ok?. I am trying to replicate some VGDF wainscot that I finished several years ago, but I can't remember what I did...Doh!