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Forum topic by Medici posted 09-19-2017 02:57 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Medici

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09-19-2017 02:57 AM

Hello all.

Lately, I’ve been looking for more brands of stains, other than your typical minwax/general finishes options. I would like a brand that makes an array of options that I can depend on for various projects with various wood species. I’m a finisher at work, but we use commercial brands such as M.L. Campbell for our stain projects, which come in large expensive quantities.

If a few people could just sound off a few brands that’d be great, and I will look into them. Any personal experience is welcome too.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 09-19-2017 03:03 AM

Pretty hard to bet General Finishes.

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 09-19-2017 03:21 AM

as Jim says GF is an excellent stain …. I also have used SW and really like that a lot ….but more expensive :<))

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 09-19-2017 03:50 AM

I used GF when I live in Illinois and left them all there because of the CA hazmat transport for movers rules.
I will be ordering some soon as the law does not stop me from buying it.
I really love their finishes, they are hard to beat!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Rich

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#4 posted 09-19-2017 03:56 AM

If you want more variety in your finishes, TransTint dyes, TransFast dyes and Mixol pigments might be of interest. The dyes are very versatile and do a nice job of coloring without obscuring the grain. Mixol is probably the most versatile, but since it is a pigment, the result can get a little muddy. However, you can put it in anything, with any combination of colors.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 09-19-2017 06:15 AM

I try to avoid stain when ever possible. When I can’t I like Old Masters. Open the can and it look like pea soup not colored water.

http://myoldmasters.com/product/wiping-stain/

I see some of the boys over at the woodweb professional finishing forum recommend Mohawk as an excellent stain.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Medici

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#6 posted 09-19-2017 10:17 AM



I try to avoid stain when ever possible. When I can t I like Old Masters. Open the can and it look like pea soup not colored water.

http://myoldmasters.com/product/wiping-stain/

I see some of the boys over at the woodweb professional finishing forum recommend Mohawk as an excellent stain.

- AlaskaGuy

I’ll check them. And I’m asking because even though I personally like natural finishes, I get a lot of requests for stained finishes as well.


If you want more variety in your finishes, TransTint dyes, TransFast dyes and Mixol pigments might be of interest. The dyes are very versatile and do a nice job of coloring without obscuring the grain. Mixol is probably the most versatile, but since it is a pigment, the result can get a little muddy. However, you can put it in anything, with any combination of colors.

- Rich

I’ll check them out, thanks!


If you want more variety in your finishes, TransTint dyes, TransFast dyes and Mixol pigments might be of interest. The dyes are very versatile and do a nice job of coloring without obscuring the grain. Mixol is probably the most versatile, but since it is a pigment, the result can get a little muddy. However, you can put it in anything, with any combination of colors.

- Rich


Pretty hard to bet General Finishes.

- a1Jim

True, but a lot of their stuff is water based, and I’m not interested as much in water based.

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OSU55

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#7 posted 09-19-2017 11:52 AM

I add at least some color to all projects, but use dyes vs stains (no large pigment particles). Prefer Transtint dye which will mix with h2o, alcohol, and solvent lacquer. Can be used with GF wb dyes to alter a color. I prefer Target WR4000 stain base with Transtint. For oil based, WD Lockwood has powders (I use naptha as carrier). Use a little poly for solids content to keep the dye from mixing back into the topcoat. Dyes have a learning curve but are more forgiving and easier once sorted out.

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Medici

41 posts in 363 days


#8 posted 09-19-2017 01:37 PM



I add at least some color to all projects, but use dyes vs stains (no large pigment particles). Prefer Transtint dye which will mix with h2o, alcohol, and solvent lacquer. Can be used with GF wb dyes to alter a color. I prefer Target WR4000 stain base with Transtint. For oil based, WD Lockwood has powders (I use naptha as carrier). Use a little poly for solids content to keep the dye from mixing back into the topcoat. Dyes have a learning curve but are more forgiving and easier once sorted out.

- OSU55

Thanks OSU55, always helpful.

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mikeber

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#9 posted 09-19-2017 11:02 PM

Although no first hand experience, I’d like to mention the less known Bartley Gels (some people speak highly of them) and this small company:
.sutherlandwelles.com

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barada83

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#10 posted 09-21-2017 03:55 AM

Sherwin Williams has a water based wiping stain that I have been using for a bit now. It’s compatible with the water based lacquer line they carry and can be used as a traditional wiping stain, spray stain, and toner. Pretty great stuff. Dries in 30 min and ready for top coat. Aside from that, I use transtint for stuff I color match on site because of the ease of use.

-- Mike

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