I watched the Woodwhisper dye video using the 7 parts Orange & 4 parts Med Brown dye stain by General Finishes. I love the color. I am making an Entertainment Center out of Ash Plywood for the case & Knotty Alder for the top, drawer and raised panel doors. I used Charles Neil blotch control 2 coats like recommended.
For the life of me, I could not get this color to stop streaking or looking uneven on both the plywood and solid wood. I was applying it with a sponge brush. I wipe it with a cotton cloth once penetrated. I have thought about using a roller but once I wipe it I feel it will still streak. Then I tried a staining pad as well no help. I then used my HVLP to spray the top, which was a big improvement. However, it still did not look as good as I wanted.
Saturday I got frustrated on how bad it looked and decided to re-do the whole top. I grabbed some 40 grit and started sanding. This was not fast enough, so out came the hand plane and I stated over. Three hours later, I had it sanded to a final 180 grit. Charles Neil who has been helping me along with others recommended stopping here on soft wood. I applied 2 coats of blotch control and sprayed 3 coats of stain on it. Finally, it looks nice.
I have learned using dyes that when there dry they look dull until you get some shellac on them and apply a topcoat finish on them.
I have never had this much trouble finishing a project….But Live and Learn. So what do we do when things are going bad and we want to feel better? We buy a new tool in this house… LOL
Therefore, I bought the Earlex 5500 Turbine sprayer from www.woodwerks.com
After watching Charles Neil and the Woodwhisper video’s on them, Blondie told me I should up grade my Rockler HVLP. This has now been listed for sale on here and EBay.
Here are some pics on how it looks now you can look at this other page top see the before pics
Thx for the help and looking.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"