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Posted on Need tips for first time dying maple...

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 03:22 AM

Ed – First, welcome aboard. In response to your question, I dye a lot of maple and am currently finishing a set of curly maple cabinets using Mosers Analine Dye 844890 W1560, Lt Golden Br Walnut, Water Soluable. I have used this dye almost extensively on maple. You can mix it in various concentrations with water for varied result tending toward the golds and browns. It is quite effective in bringing out the figure in maple, especially curly maple. I usually put on the first coat over wood that has been sanded to 180 grit (the higher the final bare wood sanding the less absorption). I usually put on two coats for even coverage sanding with 320 between coats. After drying overnight I usually sand with 320 to 400 grit then go with a coat of dilute shelac (one part Seal Coat shelac sealer and one part alcohol). Rub this down with 00 steelwool then go with 3 coats rubbing polyurethane. I use one part Minwax Semi Gloss Polyurethane to one part mineral spirits. Let the final coat cure overnight then apply Minwax Finishing Wax with 0000 steelwool and buff. This should give you the finish you are looking for.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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