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I found some beautiful blue pine that I want to use for some wainscoting and I would like to protect the wood without covering up the colors and grain of the wood. What can I use to accomplish this? Any tips would be appreciated. Also I’m doing a 1/2 round of sequoia live edge and I would like to bring out the colors and grain of that wood too. This piece will be covered with clear epoxy in the end. Thanks in advance.
 

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I found some beautiful blue pine that I want to use for some wainscoting and I would like to protect the wood without covering up the colors and grain of the wood. What can I use to accomplish this? Any tips would be appreciated. Also I’m doing a 1/2 round of sequoia live edge and I would like to bring out the colors and grain of that wood too. This piece will be covered with clear epoxy in the end. Thanks in advance.
Any oil based polyurethane finish will darken/amber or give a yellowish color to the wood. Most clear exterior finishes are oil based. And no topcoat clear finish, even if it is exterior, will stand up to UV rays of direct sunlight. After a year or two those finishes will crack, bubble and eventually peel.

Assuming your wainscoting and the sequoia will be indoors, I recommend General Finish water based (semi-gloss) for a nice finish that preserves the color of the wood. I also like General Finish because it goes on great with a paint gun.

Osmo PolyX #3043 (clear satin) is a wax/oil type finish that penetrates into the wood. Since it does not sit on top of the wood like topcoats do, it gives a more natural finish and you will not notice a color change to the wood.

Here is a link to an old chair that I finished with Osmo PolyX #3043. Scroll down through the thread to see photos of the chair after finishing with Osmo PolyX.


Curious, why are you going to cover the sequoia with clear epoxy?
 

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Precatylized laquer or conversion varnish if you are setup to spray, the latter being what is specified for clear finish on cabinets, both tough finishes. Personally, I would go for as low a sheen as possible (lesser than what would be called satin in a lot of finishes), the low sheen gives the most natural appearance. Sherwin williams commercial finishes has such products. The water-based versions are getting better, but beware that some of the consumer stuff like you'd get at home depot will have a milky color to it. I'm sure you could brush the precatylized laquer, don't know about the varnish. I've personally used the oil based SW precat laquer (Sherwood something) a lot and am very happy with it. A big advantage with the laquer is the fast dry time.
 

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Any oil based polyurethane finish will darken/amber or give a yellowish color to the wood. Most clear exterior finishes are oil based. And no topcoat clear finish, even if it is exterior, will stand up to UV rays of direct sunlight. After a year or two those finishes will crack, bubble and eventually peel.

Assuming your wainscoting and the sequoia will be indoors, I recommend General Finish water based (semi-gloss) for a nice finish that preserves the color of the wood. I also like General Finish because it goes on great with a paint gun.

Osmo PolyX #3043 (clear satin) is a wax/oil type finish that penetrates into the wood. Since it does not sit on top of the wood like topcoats do, it gives a more natural finish and you will not notice a color change to the wood.

Here is a link to an old chair that I finished with Osmo PolyX #3043. Scroll down through the thread to see photos of the chair after finishing with Osmo PolyX.


Curious, why are you going to cover the sequoia with clear epoxy?
the sequoia 1/2 round is going to be a bathroom vanity With a vessel sink. It is still in the shop getting squared. It will be open on the underside with the plumbing exposed. My bathroom is pretty small and I even hung a barn door just to give it more room. I looked at “regular” vanity’s and they all looked boring to me. Just by chance I visited a store that did live edge lumber and saw one very similar to what I want to do. So the seed was planted. I was going to do one out of black walnut but just too many issues with that slab, beautiful but just wouldn’t work.
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Any oil based polyurethane finish will darken/amber or give a yellowish color to the wood. Most clear exterior finishes are oil based. And no topcoat clear finish, even if it is exterior, will stand up to UV rays of direct sunlight. After a year or two those finishes will crack, bubble and eventually peel.

Assuming your wainscoting and the sequoia will be indoors, I recommend General Finish water based (semi-gloss) for a nice finish that preserves the color of the wood. I also like General Finish because it goes on great with a paint gun.

Osmo PolyX #3043 (clear satin) is a wax/oil type finish that penetrates into the wood. Since it does not sit on top of the wood like topcoats do, it gives a more natural finish and you will not notice a color change to the wood.

Here is a link to an old chair that I finished with Osmo PolyX #3043. Scroll down through the thread to see photos of the chair after finishing with Osmo PolyX.


Curious, why are you going to cover the sequoia with clear epoxy?
Did a test with the Osmo and I like that stuff. The wood absorbs it well and is easy to apply. Also did a test with some Watco wax and I think that will be an excellent if not expensive wax. Your chair turned out excellent.
 
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