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Forum topic by pwalter posted 05-22-2011 09:27 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 09:27 PM

So, I am finished building a sofa table for my living room. I have read a bunch of forum posts and decided my best chance of fighting the blotchiness from poplar is to use dye. On a test piece of wood I used minwax pre conditioner (it is all that I had on hand) and General Finishes water based dye. I am pretty sure you can’t use the 2 together. I think they are both water based and when I tried to apply the dye, it really didn’t do anything. So, When you guys color wood (in my case poplar) do you seal it with a 1/2 pd cut of shellac? Or can I use the Charles Neil blotch control? I have only heard good things about it, But it is also water based like the minwax I used. So will it work with the water based dye?

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 10:58 PM

I find that using thinned down water based polyurethane or oil based thinned down varnish does best job as a wash coat than using shellac. Using PVA glue works also.

You can use water based dye or stain on top of oil based pre condtion( washcoat), or water based. As long as you let the Pre condtion dry then you can use the dye or stain on top.

I never used charlie blotch control but I dont see the need for it, where you can make it yourself.

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