Walnut cabinets owners - clear coat Q?

thedorkJune 16, 2013

Could you please share whether your cabinet maker did something special to the clear coat - UV inhibitor or suggested maybe staining.
I love the natural look of the walnut and I know it will fade a little bit with years but how many years we are talking about?
I am not ready to replace those cabinets in 4-5 years.
Should I spend a little bit more money and stain it?
The cabinets are not exposed to direct sun since I have covered patio near by the kitchen and technically there is very little direct sun.

Thank you!

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mrsmortarmixer

My walnut floors have already faded, and they have only been in a little over a year. However, most of the kitchen is exposed to light, direct sunlight in the winter months. Our older walnut furniture is a bit lighter than the floor, but I forget how dark it was from the start. I'm pretty clueless about UV inhibitors, but I'd do a UV inhibitor before I would stain it. Oil-based finishes will naturally bring out the amber tones in the wood, making it look more red and orange. Water based finishes don't bring out the oranges and reds, but sometimes leave a bit of a cloudy look behind.

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thedork

Thank you for your advice! I still have time but wanted to be prepared with questions when I meet the cabinet maker this week.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:29AM
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