non-yellowing finishes for maple?

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  • #120154
    Derek Long
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    Anyone have any suggestions for a non-yellowing finish? I’m planning a project using white maple that I’d like stay “white” and not get the warm amber glow that maple tends to get with most finishes.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #120159
    Dave
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    how about plain furniture wax or wipe on poly by themselves?

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    #120179

    Brush on Lacquer is clear going on. Not sure how it ages over time but maple will yellow slightly itself over time. You won’t be able to stop that…

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    #120226
    Derek Long
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    Thanks for the ideas. I think I’ll have to white stain the maple and go with a poly, much as I dislike poly.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #124278
    LeanneFleming
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    Hi Derek,

    My answer may be too late for your project, but I’m responding in case anyone else searches for a similar question. This advice was given to me by my woodworking instructor at a course I took: Clear, water-based (not oil) polyurethane.

    Though it doesn’t have the natural appeal of other finishes, it sure does the trick. I made a poplar box and it looked exactly the same in tone after finishing. It was a milky white colour just like the natural poplar, no yellowing at all.

    I’m curious, how did the white staining of your maple turn out?

    #124279
    David Perrott
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    Get one of Bob Flexner’s books. I have been reading those. He makes it really clear and easy to understand. Finishing 101 is good and Understanding wood finishing is more comprehensive. I can’t wait to finish a project so I can try some new things.

    #124284

    In the Feb 2015 issue of Fine Woodworking, they did a test on several finishes with one criteria being “turning maple the least yellow” The winner was Formby’s Tung Oil Finish and second was Minwax Wipe on Poly.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    #124286
    Derek Long
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    Thanks for all the tips! I ended up just using a wipe-on poly because I didn’t like the white stain on the scraps I tried it on. It was a gift, so no pictures. The poly doesn’t really yellow immediately at all that I could tell, but I’m wondering how it will look in a few years.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

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