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Veneer finishing question

Hello everyone,

I've just veneered my two subs and it's time to finish them. When I did this is the past, I lightly sanded them and then applied polyurethane and then repeated.

Is this the correct way to do it? Should I be included something to protect the finish?

It is a paper backed walnut veneer.

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Doesn’t polyurethane protect the finish?


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Hello everyone,

I've just veneered my two subs and it's time to finish them. When I did this is the past, I lightly sanded them and then applied polyurethane and then repeated.

Is this the correct way to do it? Should I be included something to protect the finish?

It is a paper backed walnut veneer.

Thanks,
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That's all I do - Sand, stain, poly. What elements are you trying to protect them from?

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That's all I do - Sand, stain, poly. What elements are you trying to protect them from?


I didn’t know if there was anything needed. I guess it shouldn’t need protection.

But, you add a stain before you poly? Or is it okay to just poly the veneer as is?


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I didn’t know if there was anything needed. I guess it shouldn’t need protection.

But, you add a stain before you poly? Or is it okay to just poly the veneer as is?


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What stain or wood finish would you recommend? Thanks.


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This article should be of some help. Note....there is just plain stain ( which you would apply your poly over) and they make a stain /sealer product. I would go the plain stain route..if I had my druthers.

https://www.minwax.com/how-to-finish...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Note: there are many other brands of stains out there. Stain only colors your wood/veneer. I had a painter make his own stain 40 years ago (when i built my house) by mixing some paint tint with gasoline. I am still admiring his workmanship to this day.

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If you want to change the colour/tone of the wood, then you would use a stain. Usually wiped on or sprayed on.

To protect the wood and stain, then you would use polyurethane on top of that. That is your finish. Poly cures and creates a protective layer.

For brands, I like any of the General Finishes stains or polyurethanes. Arm-R-Seal is what I would use for polyurethane. For walnut, I wouldn't do a stain unless you needed it much darker to match other furniture in the room. Sand to 220 or greater and 3-4 light coats of Arm-R-Seal wiped on with very light sanding in between coats and you should have a beautiful finish.
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This article should be of some help. Note....there is just plain stain ( which you would apply your poly over) and they make a stain /sealer product. I would go the plain stain route..if I had my druthers.

https://www.minwax.com/how-to-finish...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Note: there are many other brands of stains out there. Stain only colors your wood/veneer. I had a painter make his own stain 40 years ago (when i built my house) by mixing some paint tint with gasoline. I am still admiring his workmanship to this day.

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Will definitely check it out. Thanks.
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If you want to change the colour/tone of the wood, then you would use a stain. Usually wiped on or sprayed on.

To protect the wood and stain, then you would use polyurethane on top of that. That is your finish. Poly cures and creates a protective layer.

For brands, I like any of the General Finishes stains or polyurethanes. Arm-R-Seal is what I would use for polyurethane. For walnut, I wouldn't do a stain unless you needed it much darker to match other furniture in the room. Sand to 220 or greater and 3-4 light coats of Arm-R-Seal wiped on with very light sanding in between coats and you should have a beautiful finish.
Thanks! I have some left over that I'll play with and see how it looks with no stain and just poly.
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I didn’t know if there was anything needed. I guess it shouldn’t need protection.

But, you add a stain before you poly? Or is it okay to just poly the veneer as is?


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Depends on the look you're going for, as scottvalentin mentioned.

I've mostly used Minwax stains and poly. Sheen is another personal preference, I prefer satin (haven't found a decent flat poly, although I have some Varathane matte that I haven't tried yet).

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If you are still considering finish I’d give Osmo a look. Only needs a little, has good protection and is very easy to apply.


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If you are still considering finish I’d give Osmo a look. Only needs a little, has good protection and is very easy to apply.


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I would second this suggestion as well. OSMO is VERY easy to apply, creates a nice non-glossy finish, and has decent protective properties. It is so so easy and looks amazing.
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r I used a leftover sample to test first and it looked great with just the poly. Here are the two boxes, you can see what the poly does vs the unfinished, raw veneer. It’s exactly the look I was hoping for.


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