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Natural Finish on Softwoods Recipe


Natural Finish on Softwoods


Learn to get a lustrous clear natural finish on softwoods like pine, Douglas Fir, cedar and others. Follow the clearly demonstrated step-by-step instructions for sure-fire success. Easy, fast and effective.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Sand the project up through the grits until at least 220-grit
    • It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.
  2. Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches
  3. Apply a sealer coat (Zinsser Sealcoat) of a shellac-based finish by wiping: flooding the surface with finish and wiping it off.
  4. If you have any nail holes, cracks or defects in the wood, fill them now with a wood filler putty that matches the color of the oiled wood (sand smooth)
  5. Apply at least two coats of a wipe-on polyurethane
  6. Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.