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Old 01-30-2018, 07:10 PM   #1
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My current project has large Doug fir timbers. The previous finish has been sanded off and they are currently bare. After seeing them in their current state, my client and designer like them as they are. Any input on what I can use to finish/protect them that won't yellow and darken the natural, sanded look? Waterborne lacquer? Water based floor finish like a Bona product?
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:47 PM   #2
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A good water bourne. Pick your favorite and have at it.

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Look for, "Water White" in the title. All oils will amber, and some water-based products do as well. General Finishes makes a High Performance WB that's pretty good. And as much as I like Bona for floors, (Bona Traffic), I wouldn't use it on vertical pieces. You'd probably end up with lots of runs.

Make sure they know that any topcoat might make the wood look darker. Tell them to just wet a piece of the raw wood, and let them know that's what they can expect from a topcoat.
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That is the issue...when I wet it they don't like the look.
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Fir will darken quite a bit even without coating. So you need both a clear finish and one that blocks as much UV as possible.
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Fir will darken quite a bit even without coating. So you need both a clear finish and one that blocks as much UV as possible.

Yep, no matter what you put on them, they won't look like they do now with time.

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