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Forum topic by Lisams1 posted 02-02-2011 08:44 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2011 08:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple finishing question

I am a beginner in refinishing furniture and need help!

I have two dressers I am refinishing. Chemically stripped and sanded to 150. Solid maple with maple veneer sides. I am trying to stain to an espresso color to match a crib. Been reading nightmare staining problems on internet and would like to avoid. Time is of the essence – twin grandchildren due in a few months!

Should I stain or dye? Do I need to tone with layers of finish coat and dye in order to acheive the dark color? Because I am a beginner should I just color with a stain/poly all in one and be done with it?

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 08:51 PM

I have used Transtint dye on maple to get fantastic results with dark color. Mix with distilled water. The darker you mix it the darker the outcome, unlike stain which tends to flat-line after you apply it – will not get much darker with repeated applications (and can be blotchy on maple).

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