Hello all. This is my first post to the forum.
I am preparing to finish a dresser made from Padauk. I think it is pretty well known that Padauk has the potential to fade from a orange/red when first cut to a walnut brown with prolonged (?) UV exposure. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to delay fading of the red color to the extent possible. From what I have read, a water-based finish would be the most suitable. I have heard that spar poly has UV resistance, but my understanding is that this is intended to prevent breakdown of the finish, not to protect the underlying wood. At this point, I have not decided whether or not I want an "in the wood" finish versus filling the pores and going for something glossy - so any thoughts would be appreciated. One restriction - I do not currently have the capability to spray. Appreciate your help/advice!