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Posted on How to make Maple look like Walnut?

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 05:11 PM

Since maple is a difficult wood to stain using regular stains, I would recommend using aniline dyes. I have found that you can achieve a more even color by using these water based stains. Maple has mineral pockets and density isues which cause regular stains to become blotchy. The darker the stain, the more pronounced the blothiness generally is.
Once the dye has dried, Use a spit coat of shellac to seal it. A spit coat is a good seal and is generally known as a 1/2lb cut mix of dewaxed shellac. I use these guys for both dyes and shellac,
They will answer questions you may have and can even help you with special mixes.
I like shellac with using dye. It just insures that I won’t be transfering or lifting color when I apply my final finish coats.

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