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Forum topic by shoichi posted 01-27-2016 03:52 AM 545 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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shoichi

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01-27-2016 03:52 AM

Could you please suggest a simple finishing schedule to me for my walnut chandelier. I want it to be a very dark but be able to still see as much of the grain as possible. And would you be so kind to include the drying time I need on each step? And could you please suggest products that won’t take very long to cure/dry?

Just a quick note I must add:

I already tried to finish this slab of walnut using BLO, then Watco Danish oil, dewaxed shellac and crystalac grain filler but somewhere I messed up and the piece turned not so very great. Some spots seemed to have absorbed more oil than the others. I also followed the instructions out of the cans and I think that led me to working with costs that weren’t fully cured. So I’ve just sanded the piece back to bare wood and am seeking your help.

I live in a basement and don’t have access to Very much sunshine this time of the year. Though I have a nice heater in my little shop if that’ll help with faster drying time.

Thank you.


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 04:01 AM

Mix the BLO with 25% Naphtha, wipe on, and wipe of excess and let that dry, then a coat of 1-1 1/2lb cut fresh dewaxed shellac, let dry, then your top coat.

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 04:06 AM

Start with a coat of pre-stain, use an ebony stain and quickly wipe off (maybe do it in cold area to retard the drying time). Wait 2 days and spray thin layer with Deft lacquer and repeat after 2-3 hours. Here is what it looks like before spraying with lacquer:

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shoichi

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 04:55 AM



Mix the BLO with 25% Naphtha, wipe on, and wipe of excess and let that dry, then a coat of 1-1 1/2lb cut fresh dewaxed shellac, let dry, then your top coat.

- conifur

So 1/4 Naptha and 3/4 BLO?

How long till this mix usually would take to dry?

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MisterBill

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 12:23 PM

Keep in mind that Walnut is reputed to be one of the few woods that will lighten over time. I agree with Mahdee’s suggestion of applying a dark stain before you add a topcoat.

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OSU55

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 12:53 PM

I use Transtint dyes mixed with Target WR4000 stain base. Premixed colors are available. It does require raising the grain with water, lightly sanding, then stain application. The product is wiped down to start the drying process. 2 hr dry time. Can be topcoated with about anything. Provides the look and feel of BLO without the drying and finish compatibility issues and use water/alcohol dyes.

BBS options would be Minwax stain or the Watco oil that comes in various colors, both of which are pigment stains. Applied properly both should be dry in 24 hrs. All of these should be checked periodically after being wiped down for “bleed” – the product can siphon back to the surface causing little bumps or spots. Dependent on wood type and how much they are allowed to soak into the wood before being wiped off. Simply wipe down with a paper towel. If that doesn’t do it, dampen with mineral spirits and wipe down.

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 01:51 PM

soichi, I am getting ready to stain a walnut slab so made a sample board. Moving from right to left, the finishes are:

3 coats Waterlox Original,
Minwax Ebony stain left on for 5 minutes, then one coat of EM6000 satin
Minwax Ebony stain left on for 10 minutes, then one coat of EM6000 satin
Minwax Ebony stain left on for 15 minutes, then one coat of EM6000 satin
the natural walnut

The board was sanded to 180G with light sanding with 220G between coats. I will do 3 coats of the EM6000 to complete the project, but this is good enough for the sample.

Target Coatings EM6000 could be replaced with any clear top coat. HTH

-- Art

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