|Project by Michael1||posted 08-17-2011 05:24 AM||3198 views||9 times favorited||18 comments|
A Lot of times the question is brought up about effectively staining poplar to not get a blotchy appearance. On this casket, made from Yellow Poplar I used water based aniline dye and top coated with nitro lacquer. I have found that the best results are by spraying the dye stain to best control an even coverage, and as the stain is water based and very “Runny” it is best to work from the bottom of the project up as any runs in the dye will not cause an uneven coverage. The water in the dye will raise the grain which can be minimized by grain raising prior to staining, but I still give a light hand sand with 400 grit after the stain has dried about 12 hrs. It is imperative to allow the dye to dry completely to prevent trapping any moisture in the wood when the top coat is applied. One other note. If you use water based top coats, then it is important to use alcohol based dye as the dye does not have the bonding agents and will react with the top coat if they are the same material. I have recently been experimenting with aniline dyes and their ease of use and versatility make me think I will never use Minwax again. If you have any questions about the dye stains or its use feel free to contact me.
-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com