Mahogany refinishing questions

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Forum topic by Liz posted 03-15-2011 10:45 PM 1784 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2011 10:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain lacquer mahogany gibbard

i am not a woodworker but came accross your site through a web search and after viewing the wood whisperer’s video about a mahogany stain, I thought maybe one of could help…

I purchased a used bedroom set by Gibbard with a dark mahogany stain under nitrocellulose lacquer. The finish on the ends of the bedposts has been rubbed off and I don’t want to refinish the whole piece. Another web site mentioned that you shouldn’t use lacquer over an oil based stain ( although the wood whisperer did). Is this right? Can I use a water based stain after it has dryed really well before applying lacquer. I don’t want to get into dye stains as it sounds too complicated.

Anybody have any simple suggestions or now a dye that match the Gibbard mahogany stain?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 12:39 AM

You can use a waterbased stain, but the problem is going to be color-matching. This is where the dyes will come in. You will get a water-based stain in the color of your choice (whatever you think is the right color). If it’s not a perfect match, or if multiple applications don’t provide the color you’re going for, you will need to tint the stain by adding dye of the appropriate color.

You can use oil-based stain under lacquer as far as I know, as long as you give the oil-based stain sufficient time to dry completely.

Honestly, I’d think about refinishing just the entire bedposts especially if you’re not too confident about color-matching and tinting. That way if your color is slightly off but close, it will still look ok, as opposed to a patch that stands out if your new color and finish is even slightly different. I realize sanding everything down will be a real pain, but all your effort is more likely to achieve a satisfactory end-result. JMHO.

Also, pictures of the issue at hand would help.

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 01:35 AM

Yes you can apply lacquer on the oil stain. But you have to make sure that your oil stain is already dry.

Good luck



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