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RE: Walnut Color fade?1/22
Does the color of walnut for a table fade over time?
Is it better to apply a light walnut stain or finish to bring out the colors? If so, what type and what finish?
Usually when I do walnut I get a can of American Walnut from ML Campbell. I thin it 50-50 with their clear stain base. Beautiful color.
Walnut is one of the few wood species that actually gets lighter as it is exposed to the sunlight. I would recommend a stain.
As for finish, you have lots of options. It really depends on your experience, equipment and the use.
I do exactly as Leo. It seems to be closest to “natural walnut” but with no fading over time.
Agreed with the above, walnut will lighten with exposure to the sun.
In our shop and market, this is not considered a defect, it's part of the nature of the wood, and we do not stain any job that calls for natural color walnut. We just clearcoat it.
We have had a number of times where the natural color of walnut wasn't quite what they wanted and we ended up staining it to make it more black, or more golden, or more reddish. Those jobs don't fade nearly the same rate, nor nearly as light when final.
Fortunately walnut does take stain rather well.
Clear stain base. Wipe on.
The finish is still wet, but it'll look this color.