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Forum topic by tommytenspeed posted 10-23-2016 03:08 PM 460 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tommytenspeed

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10-23-2016 03:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing gray color

I have a customer that wants a mud room bench stained and lacquered to match the color of the tile in that room-Gray. Does anyone have a suggestion as to the species of wood and type of finish to use? I could paint it but would prefer stained so the grain would show through as the entire motif of the house is rustic. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-23-2016 06:01 PM

There are pickling type finishes. Running a test piece with different finishes to see which would match is a good idea. You can dilute stains that have more pigment down using mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil, but remember that BLO takes a long time to dry. Charles Neil is the master finisher and he has recent video postings about water borne and oil finish layers.

The only other thoughts I have is a mud room means moisture and laqquer and water might be major problems as you will have to stand by your work.

Now days even my big box store has a lot of color samples to choose from. If you go to a smaller place that specializes you might be able to get a sampler to do matching of colors.

Good luck and be patient. That’s my short coming…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-23-2016 06:08 PM

I just used a water based dye by GF that was gray. It worked REALLY well and could still see the grain through it. I used it on a white pine desktop for a friend.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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tommytenspeed

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#3 posted 10-24-2016 03:23 AM

Joe,
Thanks for the input. As I have never used dyes could you elaborate a bit on the process; is it a thin or gel type, how long do you leave it on, how long do you let it dry before lacquering, will multiple layers build up the color, etc. Thanks in advance for your advise.
Tom

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#4 posted 10-24-2016 12:06 PM

Sure. I actually realize now that I misspoke. It was a stain, not a dye. It was GF water based stain. The color is weathered gray.

I’ve used dyes in the past, but this was my first time with a water based stain. It’s viscosity is somewhat similar to oil based poly, maybe slightly thicker. I thinned it with water to lighten the color a bit. I put GF sanding sealer on first, since it was pine. Then I just applied with a rag and immediately wiped it off. If you let it sit for a while, it should leave a darker color, but I don’t think more applications will darken it very much.

I don’t have the can in front of me, but it dries to the touch in under an hour. I don’t have too much experience with lacquer, so I can’t really speak as to when you could apply that. I applied water based poly over the stain about an hour after I applied it. I did LIGHTLY sand the sanding sealer to knock down any raised grain, and vacuumed the top before applying the stain.

Hope that helps!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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