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Tesla77

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07-17-2015 02:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: staining plywood

Building a custom desk for a customer using plywood as the top. I purchased the 4×8x.75’’ maple veneered plywood from Lowes.

I made a color sample on a scrap piece for the client so they could choose a stain and when I applied the Poly, (minwax semi-gloss) the color wiped off onto the cloth I was using.

I am wondering if I need to use an oil-based stain and poly? Perhaps milk paint would be better? I let the sample dry overnight before applying the undiluted poly.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jeremy

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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 02:53 AM

If you don’t wipe off the excess when staining it can be removed with a solvent. You can use whatever poly you want as long as the stain is thoroughly dry before application. Water based poly probably wouldn’t remove any of the excess stain like the other did, but it may also not adhere well either. Bottom line is to make sure you wipe off the excess.

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Tesla77

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 02:55 AM



If you don t wipe off the excess when staining it can be removed with a solvent. You can use whatever poly you want as long as the stain is thoroughly dry before application. Water based poly probably wouldn t remove any of the excess stain like the other did, but it may also not adhere well either. Bottom line is to make sure you wipe off the excess.

- firefighterontheside

I can confirm that the excess stain was wiped off completely.

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 03:02 AM

Could have to do with humidity. Where are you located? The stain may not have been dry, even though it was overnight.

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 03:03 AM



Could have to do with humidity. Where are you located? The stain may not have been dry, even though it was overnight.

- firefighterontheside

Good point. In Kansas, and humidity is pretty high, but the board was indoors with a humidity of approximately 45%

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 04:29 AM

Shellac seal coat, sprayed?

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#6 posted 07-17-2015 01:14 PM

Something def wrong here. Plywood should soak up stain like a sponge.
Sound’s like either something kept the stain from penetrating.
I’ve stained ply in 90% humidity with no problem, so I doubt its that.

Have you thought about using a dye?

Addendum:

I’m always suspicious of the big box hardwood ply.
Often times the veneer is extremely thin and the cores have a lot of voids (that’s why its $35 – 45 a sheet instead of $75.) Even if made in USA, I would check the thickness of the veneer.

This may work out find but for furniture projects I always use a hardwood supplier.

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#7 posted 07-17-2015 02:23 PM

Yeah, the veneer is like 1/32”, so pretty thin. It was a little over $50 per sheet so I figured it was better than average.

I have never used dye before.

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#8 posted 07-17-2015 03:10 PM

Perhaps I should just spray it with poly from a can?

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