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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 08-04-2015 09:51 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2015 09:51 PM

I am making a nightstand out of birch.
I was originally going to use GF milk paint but my wife decided she wanted whitewash stain.
So I tried GF whitewash stain on a test piece. I sanded it with 220 grit and it felt pretty smooth.
I applied the stain and the grain really raised a lot.
So I sanded with 320 grit and it took off a lot of the stain.
I put on another coat of stain and it looks ok but still the grain is a little rough.
I rubbed it with a brown paper bag and that helped some.
I am going to finish it GF water based poly top coat, maybe that will smooth things out some more?

Any other things I should try?

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 03:40 AM

I’ve never used the whitewash stain, but I’ve used a few of GF’s water-based dyes. The grain raises as you described, but I just VERY lightly scuff it with 320. I’m talking sanding block with almost no hand pressure. You just need to knock down the nibs. If you try to make it perfectly smooth, you’ll sand right through the stain, as you described. The first coat or two of water-based poly may have some nibs too. No problem, do the same thing.

Hope that helps.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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