Burl Walnut finishing lesson
I'm building a Warmoth parts bass. The neck is "wenge" and I was not happy with the appearance of the headstock, so I have veneered burl walnut to the headstock.
This is my first experience working with burl and I'm struggling to develop a finishing schedule. The goal is a gloss clear finish.
First attempt (on test pieces):
Light sand 220
wipe with mineral spirits
Minwax lacquer sanding sealer - one or two coats
This dried to a chaulky white..normal?
I wiped it down with Mineral spirits and sprayed a few coats of Minwax gloss laquer
The walnut is absorbing the laquer like a sponge.
Is there a better technique and/or products that I can use to seal the burl to allow build coats? I do quite a bit of boat building and I'm tempted to reach for the epoxy or spar varnish.
Any thoughts? Thank you!
Epoxy would be the way to go, in my book...FWIW.
Epoxy - sand - shellac - sand - lacquer ?
Naw...just epoxy over the burl...it's strong enough to protect it, with a finish that won't yellow. I would use at least a couple of coats...sanding between coats to get it level.
thanks. I use clear epoxy for bright work on boats with great success. One coat on the test piece last night....working as expected. Will require multiple coats as the type I use is very low viscosity.
Thanks for the input. I'll post some shots as things progress.
Burl and spalted woods are the hardest to finish because the wood absorbs the finish unevenly.
^Yup...I couldn't agree more!^
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