Need suggestion for sealing pine mantle

Old 08-22-10, 07:59 PM
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Need suggestion for sealing pine mantle

We're installing a rough hewn pine plank for a mantle. We are not staining the wood but would like to seal it (after sanding the top surface) with a satin finish that can resist temperature changes and yellowing.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a sealer or varnish to use in this situation?

Thanks for your help,
Old 08-23-10, 04:05 AM
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You'll probably want to use a satin water based poly. All it will do is seal the wood and give it a little sheen. Oil base polys will deepen the colors naturally in the wood and will amber with age.

It will take 2-3 coats, sanding lightly between coats of poly.
Old 08-23-10, 05:36 AM
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It's pine, so it's going to yellow no matter what you do

Oil based poly would make that worse, so go with Mark's suggestion of water based poly

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