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Posted on To paint or to stain?

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 12:01 AM

I’m presently building some stacking shelves made from poplar as an experiment to see how they would look using a dark dye followed by polyu.

I used Transtint dye (mixed with water), and it is going to look good. The dye evens out the white and greenish colors of the poplar.

I’ll probably not do it again though, because it was a lot more work than I expected. Maybe it’s just me but poplar seems to fuzz more than walnut, cherry, oak, etc. And, even though I raised the grain and sanded it down before dyeing it, the dye raised the grain again, and when I sanded it down again, that caused the color to lighten which required more dye, then the grain raised again—- you get the picture?

I’m now applying the 2nd coat of polyu which I hope is the last.

In the unlikely event I build anything from poplar again – it will be painted.

-- Joe

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