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No yellow finish for maple table top

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I've built a sewing/craft table for my wife. The base/frame is sprayed white, but I am still not sure how to finish the top. She has a big ironing pad and uses cutting mats, so the surface is never directly touched with hard items, but the finish needs to be resistance to damage from these mats sitting on it for long periods of time.

I keep sing CAB acrylic come up for keeping maple white, but in some of the discussions it is mentioned a vinyl sealer is used first. Other discussions do not mention this. I have a Fuji Q5 to spray with, so any tips would be appreciated. 

If I do go with CAB acrylic, what brands are good?

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There are finishes that won't yellow at all, but the wood will eventually.  My kitchen cabinets originally had a non-yellowing finish & the maple stayed pretty white for several years, but is now considerably darker. I personally like the color it goes after aging.

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I use  Sherwin-Williams CAB acrylic for most of my finishing. Stays very clear. 

Another one I have used a few times is Varathane water based poly.  It also stays clear. Just takes so long to dry. 

 

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Anything water based will be better but as drzaius pointed out wood changes color over time here is a great example in my shop cabinets. Darker ones are about 14 years old drawers are less than a year.

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