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Thread: Finishing Blue Pine

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Butte Montana which is 1/2 way between Purgatory and Heaven

    Finishing Blue Pine

    Has anyone any experience in finishing blue pine?

    It's really a shame with all the devastation the Pine Beetle causes. It sure makes some beautiful wood. I live in Montana, and we have areas that the majority of the trees are a red color or are dead. Unfortunately most of the "Save the world" groups won't allow the harvesting of the dead trees.

    Anyway, getting off my soap box, I'm making some pieces out of some beautiful Blue Pine, but I really don't know how to finish it . Thanks in advace for any help I can get.

    Jiggs Elphison

  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    not sure what your after but pine is pine.. the blue color in it is from a disesa or burn scars or investation but it doesnt affect the finish any
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2008
    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!
    First time I saw blue pine was years ago when I was cutting project wood for a tole painting instructor. Some of the ladies wanted me to make some special things for them with it. What ever made them happy Thinking back on it now I guess I could have charged more fore it because it was so "rare"

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Butte Montana which is 1/2 way between Purgatory and Heaven

    Finishing Blue Pine

    Thanks again for everyone's input - I guess I should have been more specific in my question - No matter what I've tried on the blue pine seems to darken the color so much that it loses the beauty - I've tried Watco Natural, Tung Oil, Poly (both satin and high gloss) - So far the best results is just putting a couple of thin coats of Bries Wax - I wanted something that would give it a finish that would hi-light the coloring - What i have is bands of red, yellow and black in the blue.

    Jiggs Elphison

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Finishing Blue Pine


    Have you tried spraying Lacquer?

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    I'm from BC, Canada, originally, and our area has been hit hard by them beetles too. Up there they are calling that "Blue Pine" "Denim"

    How about "Shellac" might give that a try............
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    In addition to the suggestion to try spraying it with lacquer (nitrocellulose), I would also do a test with water based clear Lacquer, as it seems to have the least affect on raw woods, and doesn't even have a tendency to bring out the grain of the wood.

  8. #8
    Shellac would be very nice.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    I would treat it as norma pine, the blue may get darker though, so as usual I would make a trial on a scrap first.

    I wish I could find this wood here, I can imagine some pieces made out of it.
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  10. #10
    If you need a durable finish that builds try brushing on a coat of water-based polyurethane. Use a nylon bristle brush. Unlike the oil-based finishes, which impart somewhat of a honey-gold hue, water-based poly has very little affect on the color. Dries quickly. It's also durable enough to be rubbed out with rubbing compound, and depending on the final grit the finish can be left anywhere from satin to gloss...nice and smooth to the touch.


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