|Forum topic by DrTebi||posted 01-26-2010 12:55 AM||3075 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-26-2010 12:55 AM
I am having some trouble with TransTint Dye. I am trying to stain a bed frame that is made from Pine. I tried mixing the tint with Shellac first, but the results were less than pleasing—blotchy and it was quite hard to attain an evenly spread stain. I then went the other route and mixed it with water. The results were even worse—really uneven stain, greyish color and blotchy spots all over the place. I ended up sanding most of it off after a couple of days.
I cannot figure out what it is that it comes out so bad? All pieces were sanded down with 100, 120, and then 220 grid. I used cloth to apply the stain.
My goal is to attain a color similar to redwood (trying to match an old window frame). I have had much better luck with linseed oil and shellac finishes, but since I want a darker color, I needed to use some tint and thought TransTint would be the answer.
Are there any nice oil based stains that will get great results? Anything that is not very toxic? The high VOC content usually makes me decide against most oil based stains, as I don’t want to inhale these VOCs every night I am sleeping…
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.