Non darkening varnish

18 Jan 2006
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United Kingdom
I have light oak rails and posts on my staircase. These were originally finished with some sort of satin varnish which seems to have kept the wood fairly light in colour, which I like. Recently, a couple of areas suffered some damage but I have been able to carefully sand this out. Unfortunately, I have had to sand through the original varnish into the wood. Checking with white spirit shows that these areas are going to become too dark with a conventional varnish and will stand out and look odd.
Sanding everything back to bare wood is not an option at the moment. These areas will take a small amount of darkening as there is a slight shade difference between the old finish and the bare wood. What would be the best choice of treatment to minimise the amount of darkening of the wood? Thanks.
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