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What sheen level is best for walnut trim? The house is trimmed out craftsman style with walnut on everything. Base, casing, door, stair, coffered ceiling, etc.

Everything will be stained something similar to a dark walnut. Walnut can show defects and scratches so easily, I think the finish guy normally uses a high sheen finish. Would you go with a satin?
 

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The higher the sheen the more it will highlight imperfections. I personally like a satin but its a personal preference I generally leave to the customer.
 

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First...why are you staining walnut?
I usually use orange shellac to warm it up but have never stained it.

I personally think walnut isn't that attractive unless the pores have been filled.
But, I'd have to go with satin regardless of filled or not. High gloss looks cheap to me and will only accentuate the pores even more.
 

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First...why are you staining walnut?
I usually use orange shellac to warm it up but have never stained it.

I personally think walnut isn't that attractive unless the pores have been filled.
But, I'd have to go with satin regardless of filled or not. High gloss looks cheap to me and will only accentuate the pores even more.
We use quite a bit of walnut. We always stain it to pull it together to a consistent color.

Satin is my choice. I almost never finish anything with high sheen.
 

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We use quite a bit of walnut. We always stain it to pull it together to a consistent color.

Satin is my choice. I almost never finish anything with high sheen.
What are you using for stain?

Are you talking about darkening up the sapwood to match the heartwood?
 

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What are you using for stain?

Are you talking about darkening up the sapwood to match the heartwood?
I try to avoid using sapwood. Walnut can have a lot of color variance from board to board. We typically use a dark walnut stain on all walnut.
 

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I think it depends on what you want to see. If you want to see the finish (and any underlying imperfections), use high gloss. If you want to see the wood, use an oil finish with little / no build. The last walnut I did I used a low build tung oil finish, final sheen was a semi-gloss
 
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