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Forum topic by Keen1 posted 06-09-2010 03:59 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2010 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lyptus stain finishing

I recently bought some lyptus boards to build a loft bed for my 8 yo son. I really like the looks of the dark stained lyptus and wanted to give it try. HOWEVER, my wife has just informed me that she more of a natural tone in mind. That would be fine if I had just purchased maple or something similar. The boards I have do have some attractive grain but A LOT of the pink tone. Not exactly what I had in mind for my boys room.

Does anyone know of a light stain that will take the pink out of the lyptus and give it a warm natural color?

I applied a couple of coats of Danish oil and it didn’t take any of the pink out. After some research I’m thinking of maybe thinning out some fruitwood or provencial stain, then use tung oil and wipe on poly. Or possibly Sam Maloof oil/poly. At this point what ever seems the easiest and least time consuming (while giving decent protection for an eight year old boy’s bed) is what I’d like to use to top coat. But first I need to get the color right.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 06:33 PM

Also now considering honey amber dye stain to start, then (maybe tung oil) and wipe on poly. I have never used dye stains before though. Are they much harder to get right than pigment stains?

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 11:22 PM

I also can’t figure out if i should put on a coat of sanding sealer or wash coat before going with the Tung oil possibly tinted depending on how the dye turns out). And if I should wet sand the first coat of oil. I know lyptus is supposed to stain well but some articles say it has open pores like mahogany, which makes me think I need to wet sand to ultimately end up with a glass smooth finish.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 04:07 AM

If you put the wood out in the sun for a day some of the pink will move toward brown all on its own.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 05:40 AM

You might try mixing up some green dye and brushing that on. My wife (who understands color theory much better than I do) tells me pink(red) + green = brown. I like trans-tint for water based dyes, but there are a few others. They mix up pretty easy with water, just make sure to try it on a test board and put a top coat on it, water based dyes on wood look really dull until you top coat them.

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