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Best Finsh for Log Mantel?2/22
I made this mantel and put it up a few years ago but haven't put a finsh on it yet. I wanted to see if anyone had a good suggestion on what kind of finsh they thought would look good on it ???
Depends on what you want it to look like. Want in a dark amber color, use WATCO oil. Want it darker or red, use a colored oil. Want it to look just like that but with a sheen, use water based. Want to put a vase with water and flowers in it, use a water resistant film finish. You have to decide want you want.
For the ease of application i would use a wipe on for sure. I would expect the darker parts to pop with a solvent base rather than a water product. I also would probably stick to an oil or flat solvent because the soft areas will not pick up the sheen as fast as the harder areas and it may take a lot of coats to get an even sheen.
Thanks for the advise, I'm leaning toward the Watco oil , because I want a natural look but want it to look finished. I think the wax would probably melt with it being over top the fire. Also I had this Australian oil stuff, has anyone used it ? Not sure how it would compare to the Watcc
For a similar look to how it appears right now, use Modern Masters Dead Flat clear waterborne finish. It is the flattest waterborne clear I have used. Slight sheen.