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Posted on Who has used mini wax stain?

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 12:45 AM

I would avoid minwax at all cost. It is the worst stain I have ever used in terms of blotching, uneven coat, general ugly look. I have purchased every color of minwax stain, and used almost every brand. I like Rodda and Varathane brands best. Easy to work, and smooth, even color on hardwoods.

That said cherry is a different breed. Check the for shellac seal coat techniques to prevent blotching. Always, always,always make a sample board to see if you like the dried color. Even go so far as to apply some top coat to see how it affects the color. Most stains look dead and gray until you add lacquer. Then you see the beauty come out.

The pictures are Varathane Dark Walnut over a seal coat of dewaxed shellac (thin zinsser seal coat 2 parts shellac : 3 parts denatured alcohol).

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