staining veneer advice

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Forum topic by dhue posted 03-20-2017 02:35 PM 392 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2017 02:35 PM

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well, advice may be an afterthought now. i have an old danish piece that is veneered with teak. i planned to stain/poly with minwax ebony satin. sanded, wiped, wiped on first coat and it looked fine. it needed a few more coats but everything looked in order. used 000 steel wool in between coats with a wipe down as well. 3rd coat on the piece is not getting darker. so i had an epiphany…because it is a veneer and not a ‘solid’ piece of wood, it can only absorb so much stain/pigment. and this is as dark as it gets, could this be correct?

thanks in advance for any wisdom provided.

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 03:52 AM

This is a very good question. I wonder why the finishing experts on the site let this pass?

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 02:07 PM

I would not use stain. Use dyes. You can apply the amount of color in stages to get the color you want. Also staining goes deep so you will have a real hard time dealing with an oopsy. Dyes sit on top and easily removed if you go to far with minimal impact. Once your color is achieved apply your top coat.

If your top coat is oil, use water base dyes If your top coat water base use alcohol dyes.

That would be my suggestion.

I would not use minwax on anything.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 03:42 PM

In my experience veneer will always color slightly less than regular wood unless it it fairly thick, maybe 0.100”. I suspect the glue on the back seeps in from the back side. Very deep, dark colors are difficult to achieve without toner coats anyway. Toner coats need to be sprayed. I like to use ~ 1/2 to 3/4# shellac and mix in dye, but other thinned topcoats can be used. You may have to use paint if you dont have a spray gun.

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