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Forum topic by DocK posted 02-19-2010 11:28 PM 1237 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2010 11:28 PM

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I’ve tried different techniques for getting a even color stain on a piece of completed work. But when it comes to staining the ends of any type of board one always gets a darker finish than the closed pores section of the board. Any way, that you might use, to regulate this so the piece comes out the same color end and top?


-- DocK

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 11:35 PM

If you can sand it to a finer grit that will reduce absorbtion. You will need to practice on scrap to determine how fine to sand to.

I think you can also seal with shellac, and then stain, but I have never tried that.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 11:43 PM

Another option is to use a very low cut of dewaxed shellac, 1lb max and lightly coat the end grain. The stain will work it’s way through the weak shellac at a slower rate, allowing you to wipe off before it becomes too dark.

Other products such as a wood conditioner that is advertised to reduce blotching on close grained woods (pine, maple, etc) work just as well.

Getting it perfect though usually requires less effort than using an edge banding or framing/beadboarding.

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 12:36 AM

Thanks all! I tried shellac but must have the wrong type. Wax free isn’t available here so will have to order some. Any brand name you would suggest?

-- DocK

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 12:42 AM

I recommend Zinsser SealCoat.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 12:48 AM

Zinsser Sealcoat cut 50/50 with denatured alcohol I use it on all projects with pine or cherry to stop blocthing and it also seals the end grains to get a more uniform color. After applying, let dry and sand lightly.

-- Guy Kroll

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 08:25 PM

Thanks All

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 07:08 AM

Thanks Cessna. I flew a Piper PA 20 several years in Alaska.

I’m really limited here in what I can purchase. Any particular catalog I can get these items from?

Thanks again.

-- DocK

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 06:03 PM

Min wax wood conditioner before staiming the ends.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 02:34 AM

My PA-20 was on tundra tires in the summer and skis in the winter.

Good site. Thanks Cessna

-- DocK

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