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Best Finish for White Oak?12/8
Trying to find a good finish for white oak. Would like to see maximum contrast between light and dark grain. Enclosed photo is one coat Minwax Early American stain and one coat Danish oil. I consider this a pretty good result, but any other suggestions? (I do not have spray capability.) Thanks
For maximum contrast, wash the part off with mineral spirits immediately after staining. Or, apply a wash coat of thin shellac to the raw wood, then apply a glaze to fill the pores. White oak doesn't have big open pores like red oak, but the glaze will lay in the early grain. Clear coat is your choice, but I prefer a film coating instead of oil. Pratt and Lambert 38 varnish or slightly thinned satin poly.
May want to make a sample with Watco Danish oil- Walnut. Multiple coats needed.
Dump the minwax? I want to know how he nailed it to the ceiling!
I am not a professional. Transfast dye (Light oak), pumice/BLO slurry. Good contrast for the flecks (if that's what you mean by light/dark). Bad contrast because it blends the heartwood and sapwood (left edge in image) closer together (if that's what you mean by light/dark).
Ok if you really want it to pop then use a waterbased dye to get the red/yellow or browninsh overall tone that you want. very light and not concentrated. Seal with a sealer like MLC or Chemcraft. it must be SEALER and not thinned topcoat.
I got some Gilsonite and finished the project (see pics). Have not used dye before but will follow your procedure trying it on scrap first. What is the color of dye you used? Is the sanding sealer you recommend after the dye a thinned shellac like this Bulls Eye? Thanks, Ken
Here is the finished product. Rather than do a barrier finish I used the following method:
Sand piece to 220
Apply one coat American Finishes American Walnut oil based stain. Wipe off well and allow to dry overnight.
Mix gilsonite powder with mineral spirits to liquid consistency and apply like stain.
Rub with steel wool. If piece has become too dark can lighten a little by wiping with naptha.
Apply Danish oil. Allow to dry overnight and reapply. 3rd coat can be added if desired. Steel wool between coats if desired.
(Sorry if images are inverted, if you view enlarged they will not be)