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01-29-2016 12:28 AM

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I have noticed several people use cherry stain on cherry wood. Does this help any with appearance? Maybe it seals it? I have tried cherry stain on pine and poplar, not much color. Seems cherry looks good by itself, only a sealant applied. Comments?

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 01:25 AM

If you’re talking about highly-figured Cherry, I certainly don’t know why you’d want to stain it at all. BLO brings out the figure. Topcoat of your choice, from wax to Shellac, to Poly, to Lacquer or Varnish, preserves it. Be certain to do a complete, thorough, and uniform sanding. I haven’t used stain on anything in years. If stain you must, look into gel stains and other one-step products. The oil stains typically thought of as stains have almost always disappointed me, due to the unpredictability with which soaks in. Blotching was always a problem. I’ve had to un-stain almost as many thing as I’ve stained.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 01:33 AM

Ditto on that, I use cherry alot, either a wipe of BLO cut a bit with MS or Naphtha, wipe on, let sit a few minutes, wipe off excess, let dry over night in a 60* or above temp, or MinWax natural, results are the same, then top coat with your choice, I prefer, oil base Poly for a used item, dewaxed shellac for a non used item.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 01:43 AM

I have never tried gel stains, I need to. I have noticed a lot of blotching with oil stains. I use it a lot on pine, with other woods I do go natural for better result. I also use oil poly. Thanks for the tip, I just could not figure out why someone would use cherry stain on cherry. Thought I had missed something or seen something new to learn.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 02:21 AM

Get a good finishing book, Bob Flexners is one of the best, it is not about the stains, it is the wood, some woods do to there grain, and or oils in it that causes blothiness. You have to know your woods, and then know your stains and how to use them, and how to treat certain woods b4 staining them.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 04:51 AM

They do it because they don’t want to wait for a natural patina.

I wouldn’t put cherry stain on cherry but I have put walnut stain on walnut because it had been steamed and was a sickly greenish, yellowish, baby poop brown. After the stain though, it looked like beautiful walnut.

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 03:26 PM

I almost always use Minwax cherry stain on cherry after first putting on a very dilute coat of Seal Coat (diluted with three parts alcohol to one part Seal Coat). The dilute Seal Coat nearly eliminates all blotching. Far better looking finish than no stain.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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