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Forum topic by rickf16 posted 04-13-2010 03:16 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2010 03:16 AM

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I have been asked by my church to stain some processional torches. They are nothing more than large dowels. I need to match the color to a companion piece which is oak with a dark walnut color. The problem is the torches are maple. I am thinking of using a gel stain to reduce the chance of blotching. I will be using test pieces first. Am I missing any thing? Any suggestion are welcomed.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 03:22 PM

You might be better off using a dye on maple rather than stain. A lot of cabinet companies have found dyes to be superior to stains when it comes to maple.

Also, another way is to seal the maple, apply an opaque colorant close in shade to the walnut color and then apply lacquer for final finish.

Just my 2 cents.

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 05:09 PM

I definitely agree with Union above, dye stains on maple do produce a richer and deeper finish but are often more difficult to apply and are less forgiving than a wood stain. If you do decide to use a wood stain I would use a gelled wood stain like Wood Kote Jel'd Stain If you decide to go with the dye they also make a UV resistant dye stain called Dye Stain-AUV. Being that you are staining dowels if they are attached to anything the gelled wood stain may be easier to get into any of the grooves without removing the piece.

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