What about when dying curly maple? There are many things to think about when choosing cabinets! We chose custom, high-end, poplar Hi Susan. Also, have seen some postings about gel-stains. How do you suggest I do this with the least amount of work. Minwax® Wood Finish™ Honestly, I haven’t done many espresso finishes so I would have to experiment a little myself. Here goes: The lowercase names below are the colors used in early versions of Maple, and they are retained for backward compatibility. But again, I recommend using what you already have, preventing the blotch, staining, and then topcoating. Is there an intermediary step of staining the maple to a warmer tone and then applying a white layer? Maple is very difficult to stain to match, since it doesn't soak up the stain very well Now I'm open to correction by experts, but that sentence sounds incorrect. The birch ply has a very busy grain much like your website background. You are definitely doing the right thing though by practicing on scrap. I would love the answer to Karen’s question as well. thanks, I have just begun staining our kitchen cabinets and have applied 2 coats of General Finishes Java so far. Then you can take colored pencils and draw in the missing grain lines. Apr 15, 2018 - Explore Charlie Battles's board "maple stain" on Pinterest. Keep in mind you can layer colors too. Sometimes I even use a dye as a base color and then follow up with a gel stain. Red Mahogany 225, Minwax® Wood Finish™ So many times I will start off with a dye and see where it takes me. Sedona Red 222, Minwax® Wood Finish™ If you’re looking to keep the color where it is, I would recommend a water-based poly. do you have any experience on polyshade? I used Minwax conditioner before I stain but still blotchy. So in many cases, steaming the dent is the best way to go. We are trying to find a matching stain for our unstained maple wood staircase and we have been unable to find a suitable one. Although neither one of them will be very fun. Early Spring, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely our own. But you might look into Generals Finishes Candlelight color. The chairs after we stripped them are quite light. I showed the sample to the guys and they said the finish was not right that they remember it being more of a orange/red color originaly. Solid color wood stains provide a rich, opaque color that allows the texture of the wood to show. I just saw some of your videos on youtube and I really enjoyed it. Let me know, thanks!! Colonial Maple 223, Minwax® Wood Finish™ I would fill the dent first, sand flush, then hit the surface with your conditioner followed by the stain. I just need a mix recipe to do this right. Fruit Punch, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain so, i did a carving with maple, and usually when i carve i use a danish oil stain kind of thing for my stuff, but seems the grain is too tight to allow any stain to be absorbed into the maple. I know how to sand and refinish furniture but have never done a floor. American Walnut on Alder. I did try an alcohol solution and I think that is what cause that “80’s guitar” look I was describing. Burgundy, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain July 16, 2012. Marc, I just discovered this thread. What is the difference between the wood conditioner and shellac? Hi Denise. Puritan Pine 218, Minwax® Wood Finish™ Then move up to 150, 180, and then 220. I don’t want each of these areas to stand out, and I want a more uniform color. I have a maple front door that I have sanded down to the bare wood. I have a HVLP gun to spray it. It dries fast, so work quickly kindly let me know what perticular conditioner to use as well as the type of stain product to go with. Colour samples are shown on oak and are as accurately reproduced as possible. My husband also did some detail work above the cabinets in maple as well. Unfortunately, blotch is easy to prevent and difficult to fix. They have been reproduced using digital production techniques. One thing I used to do quite a bit was make my own ‘toner”, using diluted lacquer and either pigment or dye, and sometimes both. So I would suggest removing the current finish, sanding the top down until all traces of the old discoloration are gone, and then follow through with your choice of waterborne finish. Once you get the color you want and you are satisfied with the results, then you should be able to do the same thing on the floor. WORMY MAPLE - Stain Color (Category 1) Bel Air (FC 47823) 10‑Sheen ; Sandstone (FC 48015) To Order Samples Contact Your Furniture Finisher. Charcoal Grey, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain Dark Gray. You can narrate it. Espresso. Hunter Green, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain Many times the desired color may not be achieved with just one color. Trying to come up with a game plan. Im experimenting with Duraseal products. The more experience I get in woodworking, the more I realize I need to learn more. He writes: I am trying to finish maple to a brown appearance. I want to go as dark as I can but still be able to see the grain. What cut of shellac are you using? Went to Sherwin Williams and picked a stain of Fruitwood for a light finish. If you only know of brands in the states that’s ok as I’m sure I’ll be doing a trip soon and might be able to pick some up there. I HATE THEM – they turned out all blotchy and my beautiful stairs now look terrible. I work for a premier guitar company and have stained my fair share of maple! It is such a nice job, I don’t want to foul it up with a poor stain results. Honestly Julie, I hate doing the monday morning quarterback thing on other woodworkers and finishers. You can read about it here: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.co.....-them-all/ Use this material before the stain and then follow SW’s instructions. So if you don’t like the color, it can be tricky to change it or fix it. In fact, I have never heard of such a thing. I think the problem is the very nature of an oil-based finish. Ultimately, this is why I would never deliver a piece of furniture without showing the client a test sample so they can see exactly what they are getting. they do not). I’ve only just discovered your site days ago and I am thankful to see a guy speak intelligently on the subject of woodworking and finishing, not just someone breathing in a microphone while trying to think of what he’s going to talk about. Praline on White Maple. we shied away from waterbourne because my husband thought it wouldn’t protect well enough with it being a countertop and thus exposed to a lot of moisture/water with the sink and dish drainer area built into it. So what you’re seeing is the natural ambering qualities of oil-based finishes. Ease of use is another positive, especially with regard to making custom colors. I’d recommend something like a danish oil if you’re new to finishing. This site is so informative and Marc is so generous with his knowledge and time answering all of our questions that by reading his feedback, you can really get a grip on the principles and possibly develop your own method or modify an old one. Colonial Walnut, Minwax® Water Based WoodSheen® When people say it becomes blotchy, it’s usually do to a piece of maple that has minimal figure. General Finishes Gel Stains or Water Based … Honeydew, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain We are building new maple kitchen cabinets and have applied two coats of Varathane Oil-based Premium wood stain to give them a deep cherry color. I used a the pre stain wood conditioner from minwax since that is what our local store had. Sounds like maybe he used too heavy a cut of shellac in his sanding sealer. I hate to say this, but I selected the most even planks, used Mr.Neil’s product, then applied polywhey and the result was disastrous. Royal Mahogany, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain Thanks. Actual color, tint, detail and other appearances may vary from what appears on your computer monitor. I have no experience finishing or refinishing floors, but I have done plenty of pieces of furniture. This stain added very little color to any of the boards, (maybe slightly lighter with a tinge of green), but really brought out their natural color and grain. Cocoa, Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain I’ll admit that I’m an rank amateur, but I’ve never had a staining project go quite so badly. My plan was to go dark, but as I researched and read more and more on how to stain maple dark, I became dismayed: it seemed like the entire internet was telling me it was impossible to stain maple dark successfully. I would contact a floor coatings expert for something like that. There aren’t many stains that produce that chocolatey color but this is one of the best. This week’s question comes from Darin. As I recommended above, you are gong to want to dilute to about 1/2-1lb cut. Your detailed instructions would be greatly appreciated. Apply stain on the sides, top, and bottom of the faux shelf. My primary concern is getting dark without blotchiness. In Darin’s case, from the “orange” tone he describes, maybe a slight amount of blue-green, green, or yellow-green tint in the shellac sanding sealer would produce the brown color he wants in the finished (pun intended) product. Minwax ® Wood Finish™ is an oil-based wood stain that provides long-lasting wood tone color. It tend to absorb stain unevenly which leads to a blotchy look. It means a lot. Unfortunately, one or two samples won’t alway tell the tale. Yeah most times when a stain doesn’t take, it comes down to improper preparation or something in the wood itself that doesn’t allow the stain to penetrate. Now I’ve got two night stands which (i think) look quite nice but still not chocolate. My suggestion would be to stop using the Minwax stain. And what should we use/have used? Minwax Pickled Oak. Hello Marci Joy. If so, is there a better way to get a more even finish while still acquiring the rich cherry colour? Early American 230, Minwax® Wood Finish™ Keep in mind that many commercial finishers use toners and pigmented stains. Did something similar with maple, but used a diluted brown transtint dye in water prior to the shellac. :) I don’t think you’ll find a closer match than maple. To learn how PolyShades® can help you easily change the colour of your stained or polyurethane finished wood, view the PolyShades® Colour Transformation Guide. 2nd apply/coat using shellac Bulls Eye SealCoat <— is this the exact brand? 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