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Forum topic by Jtorrez posted 09-11-2015 01:59 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2015 01:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dye stain finishing greene khaya

So I’m doing a Greene and Greene inspired cabinet and using Darrell Pearts recommended finish of general finish dye stains. I flooded with water And scuff sanded with 320 twice before applying. Im still having an issue with the dye stain raising the grain. How could I remedy this in the future and/or fix the parts I’ve stained before I put the Arm-r-seal on. It’s Khaya mahogany BTW. Thanks for any advice offered.

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 02:24 PM

You’re using a good finish,to help with the grain wipe down your project with a damp sponge ,let it dry and then do a very light sanding,. sanding too much will cause the grain to raise again. doing a test first on a sample board always helps. Many times you may have to do a light sanding with 600 grit after you apply the top coat and apply a second coat of top coat.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 03:51 PM

Thank you. I did wet it twice. Maybe I sanded too hard. I also did a sample and as things usually go for me the sample turned out better than the actual piece. There is only a small amount of “fuzz”, you think I should try and buff the dye stained wood or put some top coat on and then buff with 600?

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#3 posted 09-11-2015 06:49 PM

I wouldn’t buff or sand the dye coat. Once the topcoat goes on, sanding between coats should help significantly. A good scuff sanding after the first coat of arm-r-seal is the time to fix the problem.

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#4 posted 09-11-2015 11:07 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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#5 posted 09-11-2015 11:20 PM

Anytime you are having a finish problem, call the company and ask for their Tech support. I used ML Campbell products for years and could call their lab guys and they would go on and on and on about their products and help you thru the paces. (Those Lab guys sure love to talk about their processes)!!! They were always spot on.

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