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Forum topic by The__Dude posted 07-25-2015 08:14 PM 666 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2015 08:14 PM

I have an oak cabinet that I purchased unfinished.
I used Watco Walunut oil on it. It is dark, but does not have the amber color we have in everything else.
I then put a few coats of wipe on poly.

I guess due to the poly I can’t restain it.

Not trying to lighten it, just trying to give it a more amber oak color.


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#1 posted 07-25-2015 09:45 PM

Can you spray finishes? If you can, try adding some trans-tint dye to some thinned-down seal coat. Spray a few light coats of the coloured dewaxed shellac over the surface to get the colour that you want. Lightly sand the surface, without disturbing the colour, and then wipe on a couple more coats of your poly to protect the toner coat.

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#2 posted 07-26-2015 08:33 PM

I am really not setup to paint anything.
Can I wipe this type of finish on?

Can I wipe on stripped?
They poly is a very thin coat, I just wiped it on a few times

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#3 posted 07-26-2015 10:52 PM

You can try using a gel stain, provided that, as you said, the poly is very thin. I wouldn’t try wiping the coloured shellac onto the surface. It dries very quickly and it’s easy to get streaks in the colour. Having said that, you might be able to get away with it, provided that you keep the colour weak. I’d try the gel stain first, though. Also, keep in mind that your colour will be somewhat lighter than if you used the stain on raw wood.

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 10:56 PM

I suggest that you test any fix on an inconspicuous spot or on a piece of scrap, if possible.

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#5 posted 07-26-2015 11:53 PM

You could overcoat with amber shellac????

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