American Walnut finish help


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Old 04-03-16, 04:53 PM
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American Walnut finish help

Hey everyone;
I have a table that is basically a slab of American Walnut that is 40 years old. I finished it with several coats of Poly way back then and it was a wedding gift from my parents. They both have been gone for a long time, so I have cut the table into four pieces and and refinishing it and will give it to my kids as something to remember my folks by. Unfortunately, both my Mom and Died early in life and my sons never got to meet them.
So, with all that history in mind here are some questions.
It seems like I have lost by brush skills even with a water based poly and I do not have spray equipment.
So, I am thinking of using Watco Wood oil and want to know if I can use a wipe on Poly on top of the Watco, or if it is needed.
I started sanding with a belt sander, then used my random orbital sander with 60, then 100 and now at 150.
It looks and feels smooth, but I am worried about the light and shaded spots. Will they stick out if I use Watco?
Any suggestions are really welcomes.
Thanks and take care
Dan in Albuquerque
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Well, just another reason to hate Comcast. My pics will not upload. I will keep working on it and get back to you ASAP
 
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Old 04-03-16, 04:58 PM
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Don't know what you are referring to with the light and dark shaded spots. Can you elaborate? Are you just talking about the grain of the wood? The contrast between latewood/earlywood, like in this picture?

http://m.imgur.com/a/u5Pjo

Danish oil does not always work the best with other finishes... it has a very long dry time... 72 hrs if I recall, and people are rarely patient enough to wait long enough between coats and then they have poor results because of their impatience.
 
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Old 04-03-16, 05:54 PM
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A little off the subject, but have you considered decoupage?
Since this piece is sentimental, you could add a picture. You would "glue" the picture(s) to the wood and then coat the entire piece.

I've always liked decoupage for certain photos and special documents, it's something that will be held on to.
 
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You can wipe the wood with paint thinner to see what it looks like "wet". That will give you some idea how a stain is going to look on it.
 
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No pics

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Sorry, Comcast told me it was fixed and every time I try to upload a pic it kicks it out after about 5 seconds. Irritating as ****
The spots look like semi round and they are white, and do not run with the grain.

If I didn't know better I would say some type of bleaching agent got on the pieces. This is not possible as I have been sanding on them and took the old finish off by once again sanding.

I guess I will need to test the Watco oil. I like the finish and have nothing but time on my hands to let it dry all the way.

If I can ever get these pics to upload I will send them along.

Thanks and take care
Dan in Albuquerque
 
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You can always upload to a 2nd party site... picasa, photos, imgur, photobucket, etc... and then post a link.
Looking forward to seeing what you are describing.

If you intend to poly, the watco is a waste of time and $. The point of Danish oil is that you generally use it on something that you don't intend to poly.
 
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Added photos on Photo Bucket

Hey:
Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate it.
Here is the link to Photo Bucket.

You will see some shading in one and the "Wight" or light spots in the other two.
Please pass along you opinions, I appreciate it!
Take care
Dan in Albuquerque

Dryan7666's Library | Photobucket
 
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Have you wiped it down with mineral spirits yet? Before the thinner evaporates it will give you a good idea as to how it will look with poly. IMO oil base poly is easier to brush than water based. At any rate, sanding between coats should reduce or eliminate brush marks.
 
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Hey:

No I have not tried the paint thinner. Will do tomorrow and get back to you guys.

Again thanks and take care

Dan in Albuquerque
 
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OK, I give up!

Hey:

So, this seems like the project from He** Been driving me crazy and I started all over again today and yesterday with 60 grit and worked my way up to 220. It looks great now and the light spots are something in the wood, so the Walnut wins this time.
I am going to buy a compressor and HVLP gun and shoot them with CV Varnish as suggested by you guys. I won't be able to do that for a few weeks, but will post pics when they are complete.
Thanks you all so much for your help and suggestions, I appreciate it.
Take care
Dan in Albuquerque.
 
 

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