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#1 posted 10-26-2010 02:15 PM

Flexner is the bible, so follow it and you should do fine. I think your schedule is fine – washcoat, dye , not sure you need the seal coat, but it shouldn’t hurt. In terms of color, the first question is where do you want to add up. Again, go through his book, IIRC, it has lots of finished pieces, so open to a page you like and use that as the color you are shooting for. You can also buy a color wheel
which can give you an idea of what colors to mix to end up with a certain shade. I would go with a premixed dye that is close enough to the final that you can live with it. I really like Behlen Solar Lux, , but any commercial dye, including the Transfast should work as long as it is the right shade. I don’t spray dyes, just flood the surface and wipe it off. I don’t used the transtint as a dye – I use them as toners – so I just add a few drops to the finish to get some color in the finish, which can really help to even out the color when the wood takes stain differently. You are going in the right direction in making samples – get a small notebook and write down exactly what you did, and either keep a small piece of the sample for the future or take a photo. In terns of spraying experience, I spray water based topcoats with an HVLP gun and have had good success with Enduro, General Finishes, and Hydrocote, and Target.

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