Suggestions for finishing salted maple

Matt Furjanic

Matt
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Got hold of some nicely figured black-line spalted maple from which I made some inlay banding. Really beautiful stuff. However, it is very porous (It’s solid and not punky- just porous) and just sucks up finish. Tried 6 coats of lacquer, and still didn’t get it sealed. Painting on epoxy with an artists brush, then sanding (After the epoxy cured) works, but that’s a pain. Anyone had any success sealing spalted maple?
 

Phil S

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Phil Soper
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Try vinyl sealer under the lacquer
 

JohnW

John
Corporate Member
Wow Matt, that's some good looking banding. I've has success sealing spalted maple using 2 lb cut of shellac.
 

Brian Patterson

Bstrom
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Got hold of some nicely figured black-line spalted maple from which I made some inlay banding. Really beautiful stuff. However, it is very porous (It’s solid and not punky- just porous) and just sucks up finish. Tried 6 coats of lacquer, and still didn’t get it sealed. Painting on epoxy with an artists brush, then sanding (After the epoxy cured) works, but that’s a pain. Anyone had any success sealing spalted maple?
Care to give us a tutorial on how you made this banding?
 

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