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#1 posted 03-20-2012 06:43 AM

Thanks for the kind words Trapshter.


In my honest opinion, if you don’t want to buy quality product or take the time to do it right, than any time or money you do invest is a waste of time and money as the results likely will be worse than what you had to start. If you want to just slop something on it just to get it done, than prime it and spray it with paint. Otherwise it’s going to look horrible staining over red stain and just slopping a finish on.

That is the biggest misconception in finishing. That you can simply buy a can of whatever at lowes, brush it on, and it’s going to be beautiful. If only life were so easy….

There are several places that will ship finish to you if you can’t make it out to buy it. And paying for shipping is better than using a sub-par product.

As well, staining over existing stain is just going to create a mess. To cover the red with stain, you’ll need to go to such a dark brown you’ll never see wood-grain. And it still might not cover. Stain is transparent or translucent, so whatever you leave under it will be visible through the top layer. Stain isn’t like paint, it’s not going to cover another color, no way. Gel stain or not, it simply will not cover it.

Foam brushes are not recommended. Gel stain is best applied with a stain applicator pad or a cotton T-shirt material folded into a pad, which you’ll need to wipe back the stain after applying anyway. You want to rub the stain in, not just brush it on and let it sit.
You can use a “painting pad” for the poly, as they work well. Lowes sells them, you can see them HERE.=

But, like I said, poly is not the easiest to use, water base or oil. It just doesn’t matter. Both are not something I’d recommend to someone who doesn’t have patience or a proper dust-free area to apply it. Poly takes time to dry, and it is almost guaranteed that you’ll end up with dust in the finish. While oil takes time to dry, it’s not the same kind of film finish you get with poly, and any dust that sticks can be rubbed out with an ultra-fine non-woven abrasive pad.

I’ve told you what will work and the proper way to do this, just as you asked. I don’t know of a better way, or even any other way.
But I really don’t think it matters anyway.
I think you’ve got a whole plan on what you’re going to do, and you really aren’t looking for advice, but more looking for justification by someone telling you that you’ve got the right idea.

Go ahead, do as you wish. I can only tell you the right way, I cannot make you care or listen any more than I can paint the sky purple.

Good luck.

-- Kenny

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