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Finishing oak handrail

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by A_Novice, 30 Jun 2020.

  1. A_Novice

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    Hi guys,

    The missus wants our oak handrails to look like they do now. I.e. bare with no oil or banish applied.

    What's the best to protect them without them going dark or orange?

    Osmo oil seemed to darken them quite a bit.

    Decorator has recommended osmo but said a clear vanish may do it.

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    Water based semi mstt or matt flooring lacquer
     
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    Water based tend to wear off due to handling as body oils desolve them quicker.
     
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    The water is merely rhe carrier. Acrylics wear more than polyurerthanes, that is true, but they have minimal yellowing with age snd matt/semi matt is generally available. Alkyd based "varnishes" (i.e. real varnishes) are almost extinct these days in view of the banning of VOCs in paints and lacquers, and in any case they have a pronounced golden hue to them. The VOC ban means solvent based finishes in general are also becoming less used. Industry does use 2-pack catlysing lacquers, however those are only suitable for spraying. So which product do you recommend? Based on recent experience I'd have suggested something like Sadolin Extra Durable Clearcoat because of its' good wear characteristics, but it does introduce some yellowing and it is a gloss finish. Sadolin PV67 Bar Top Lacquer is even better wearing, but again it is a gloss finish and has some yellowing effect
     
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    I prefer oil but OP has already stated wife wants the impossible.
     
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    Isn't that a pre-requisite of being a wife? :whistle:
     
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