how to apply a gradient stain

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07-11-2015 02:11 PM

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I am making a box for my brother in the Marines, and i want to try to replicate this box.
I dont know how to apply a gradient stain and i cant find much about it. Any help is appreciated

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 02:17 PM

Use a touch up spray gun. Harbor Freight for cheap.

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 04:22 PM

wooddust has it. Spraying is the easiest way.
I’ve done it by hand, adding additional coats of stain where it needed to be darker and it came out ok but spraying is far easier.

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 05:20 PM

Stain the box evenly, when dry, spray the corners with a second coat of stain.

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 02:10 PM

Those guys are right, but id practice on a couple cardboard boxes or something. You have to get the angle right, but its not difficult.

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#5 posted 08-25-2016 02:58 PM

Use a spray toner – - stain the box, and apply first coat of clear.
Then get a rattle can of dark walnut toner (basically Lacquer with dye). and hit the corners/edges.

This is also the technique to tweak finish repairs to blend in a repair to match surrounding color.
$ 8.99 at woodcraft. the Behlen brand is the Consumer/hobby division of Mohawk.

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#6 posted 08-31-2016 12:26 PM

If you plan to do a bunch of this, look at using an air brush. Sometimes spray cans are not very consistent and splotchy.

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#7 posted 08-31-2016 12:40 PM

I ended up doing it with a rag. It took alot of feathering in and a little practice on scrap boards, but it turned out pretty good. Key was to start with very little in the rag and really press hard to force the stain in the wood exactly where you want and how much you want.

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#8 posted 08-31-2016 12:50 PM

Good job – will keep that in mind

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#9 posted 08-31-2016 01:22 PM

^ Nice!

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