red birch tinting?

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Forum topic by brian88 posted 02-21-2011 05:12 AM 1116 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 05:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing dying stain red birch

Hello, I am currently doing a kitchen out of red birch…btw, no plywood in any of the upper cabs other than the backs…I am almost complete and gave the customer a sample section of some glued up birch with a semi gloss finish on it and he said he was looking for more of a red tint to it…any ideas as to how to approach this with out dulling the finish or loosing any of the beauty in the natural wood grain variances?

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 06:47 AM

It will darken over time. Will the client be satisfied with that assurance?



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#2 posted 02-21-2011 04:21 PM

Have you tried orange or garnet shellac as a first coat followed by your top coat?

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 04:52 PM

thank you for your wisdom…I have not tried anything yet and is my first time working with this beautiful wood. I have yet to go to hirshfields to get their advice but I wanted to check with the true experts first. I have never seen garnet shellac…where can I get it?

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 05:06 PM

Once Birch is finished it tends to stay that color, any birch I have worked with does not darken over time.
You may have to make a sample board and mix up different variations of stain, and use a pre-conditioner.
Just make sure you get the client to sign-off on that color!

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 09:16 PM

There will not be a noticeable difference due to age so you’ll have to put the color there, not wait for it to show up.
I always seal coat with shellac, it makes everything else go smoother. Using an orange or garnet shellac would be the easiest way to darken the birch. Make a sample and have it signed.
Of course I spray everything with HVLP.

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