So I’m finishing up my Mother’s Day project (I know I’m behind schedule but life happens and my mom is understanding :). I purchased a HVLP gun after watching a few videos and used a Varathane wood stain which was supposed to just stain the wood bright red but still showing all of the grain and beauty. I made light passes with the appropriate spray pattern and this stuff went on thick like red paint. The can says nothing about diluting it, and I’ve read that since I’m in California there are different VOC regulations which sometimes means the paint is thicker and takes longer to dry, and stains are a different viscosity as well.
Short of sanding this when it dries and getting a distressed look and then clear coating it, is there any way to wipe a thinner or something on the dried “stain” to sort of thin it away and look more transparent?
Thanks in advance for any feedback guys.
-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to go cut some wood & build something!