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Forum topic by Razorbak91313 posted 05-17-2011 05:13 AM 1560 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2011 05:13 AM

I noticed in the hardware store the other day several tubes of different colored wood stains (by minwax i think) with some very vivid colors such as red, yellow, green and blue. Has anyone seen and tried these? Wondering how well they do and if they really give as solid of a color as they show or if it is really more of a light tint color to the wood.

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 05:54 AM

I used the red and green on some decorative wood sleds a couple of years ago and they came out really well. I sprayed them and once I got set up for really thin material, it went very well. They’re about the same consistency as automotive paint.

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 06:28 PM

I do promotional work for the MinWax company and have used their new product called Express Color on some pieces for them (MinWax) and some for myself. A quick word of caution about the tube. When you first go to squeeze the tube to get the product out it can come out with a lot of force. It’s almost like it’s under pressure. I squeeze it into a small container to work out of and stir it in that container first before applying it to the project. It has a lot of body to it so depending on the look you’re trying to achieve will depend on how you deal with applying it. Generally I brush it on and quickly wipe in down with a rag or a paper towel. That will allow the grain to show through depending on the wood you’ve chosen. If you paint it on and just level it to create an even application it will give you more of an opaque appearance. I’ve done multiple colors on projects by taping off sections and do one color at a time. Since it’s pretty thick it doesn’t tend to bleed under the tape like a penetrating stain would but you still need to burnish the tape to the wood to get a good seal. It’s a wiping stain and finish. If you project will see a significant about of wear or use It probably would make since to top coat it with a product like MinWax Polycrylic. If I’m doing a multiple color project I’ll more than likely apply the top coat before removing the tape so that the next color doesn’t infringe on the previous color.I would suggest that it only be used on small to medium sized projects. I certainly would use it again on the right project. It dries quite quickly. A second coat can be applied if more color or a darker appearance is desired.

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 09:30 PM

Can it be thinned down any? One idea i was considering was a lighter sort of wash to get into the wood a little and then sanding the top layer off so that the color is left in the pores.

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 10:30 PM

Yes it can be thinned but not recommended by MinWax. They told me that if you thinned it you would create a wash coat. They said that without me suggesting that a wash was what was desired. So since a wash is what your looking to do it sounds like you’re set. I certainly would try a sample first.

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