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Forum topic by MattSS posted 09-21-2018 02:20 AM 1953 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MattSS

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09-21-2018 02:20 AM

So here is the issue. Built a great red oak table, but the wife wants it “trendy” with a dark top and white base. Compromise was to do a dark stain on the top so that nice grain comes through and white wash the base. Long story short the white wash was not deep enough of a white for her.

So my question is do any of you guys know of a technique or product that is not bleach that would give a deeper fuller white to the red oak but still allow the character of the wood to come through like a stain will?

Tried doing multiple coats on the white wash and it was not successful. No “white” gel stains that I can find so any help greatly appreciated.


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 02:34 AM

what about thinning white paint down … would that give you effect your going after ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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CWWoodworking

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#2 posted 09-21-2018 02:36 AM

When you put white stain on red oak, it looks pink.

I would go to SW and ask for there BAC stain. Take a piece of wood in there and have them make what u want.

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lumbering_on

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#3 posted 09-21-2018 02:56 AM

Please have you wife watch Nick Offerman’s answer – it’s at 39 seconds of this clip. It will answer all your questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP4acHxygqk

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MattSS

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 03:31 AM

Love the YouTube, been down that road we have pretty much called this divorce project 2018!

I had not thought about going into Sherman Williams and seeing if a custom BAC stain would do. Thanks for the suggestion.

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jmos

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 11:38 AM

I’d give the Wife what she wants. If she wants painted white, paint it white. Got to pick your battles. Happy Wife, happy life.

-- John

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OSU55

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 12:09 PM

White lacquer paint will give a very opaque bright white in a thin film letting the physical grain structure show. Even a rattle can will do. Dont try to brush lacquer. HAve to use a compatible clear coat like wb poly.

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Jared_S

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 12:46 PM

I’d just paint it with white precat lacquer. If she wants a white base farm table look paint is the only way I know of to achieve that.

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MattSS

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 01:01 PM

Thanks guys, we might have to go the paint route, but since it’s my elbow grease and sweat equity I am gonna test a few of these other methods and see if she will like them before I commit to just white paint though. The wood grain is just to nice to just slap some paint on it without at giving some fair test

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swirt

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 01:11 PM

Two possibilities that I can think of that have not been mentioned yet.

1) White milk paint [amazon], then knocked back a bit with fine sandpaper or steel wool. If you want a mild sheen, rub down with BLO or tung oil after it dries. (tung would be more water resistant than BLO)

2) BIN white shellac [amazon] then sand or steel wool until you get the amount of grain showing that you want.

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BalsaWood

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#10 posted 10-02-2018 05:52 PM

Target Coatings sells a nice sprayable white lacquer. It can also be brushed.

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 10-02-2018 10:49 PM

when I paint red oak, I double prime with water based primer, no sand in between. Then 2 coats of breakthrough paint.

When I didn’t prime, I got bleed through on some pieces.

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CWWoodworking

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#12 posted 10-03-2018 02:46 AM

For future reference, if she wants a rustic white finish with rub through, here is a pic of a table I make a lot of. It is one very heavy coat of breakthrough, sand through with 150, sand with 240, wipe down with a very lightly tinted minwax wipe on poly. That is pine on the base by the way. Women love it.

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OSU55

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#13 posted 10-03-2018 12:14 PM

CW what is “breakthrough paint”?

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CWWoodworking

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#14 posted 10-03-2018 04:41 PM



CW what is “breakthrough paint”?

- OSU55

It’s a paint by PPG. Similar to target coating laquer.

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