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Sven-Olof Jansson
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Just a picture showing water based polyurethane [floor] varnishes: four layers of semi-gloss on Silver Birch (Betula pendula); and four layers of matte on White Oak (Quercus alba).

The birch one became more glossy than I expected, and also imparted some yellowing of the wood.

The idea behind matte varnish for the kitchen cabinets was to make them stand out less in a very small kitchen. It didn’t change the wood appearance very much, but did cause swelling.

Sven-Olof Jansson
London, UK; Boston, MA