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Forum topic by ClayNWood posted 09-07-2011 04:02 AM 1074 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2011 04:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ash stain watco oil water based

New to LB and trying this out to help solve a problem. I have a project that is made from turned Ash, and have had a difficult time staining the wood. My process has been sanding to 220 then using a Lockwood water based stain applied thin in a couple coats. I achieved the color I want for the most part, some parts are a bit darker than others due to grain changes as the piece is large and made from glued up parts. I then applied Watco Danish Oil- natural. On the second coat I very lightly wet sanded with 320, and when wiping off the excess oil noticed a dirty rag as some of the stain must have come off from wet-sanding. On the third coat I wet sanded with 600 hoping to avoid removing any more stain, but even with the lightest touch I went through in a couple small spots and reveled the light color wood. Also, it seems like the areas without much grain activity have lightened up. Seems obvious, but I have to say I barely touched the wood with the paper. I feel like the stain is not being absorbed into the wood, and is resting on the surface- contrary to what I believed a water based stain would do.
Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 11:06 AM

Yes it is
The oil finish or other clear coat is block your stain to be absorbed by the wood.
You may can dry brush your stain on the oil finish.
If it does not work than you have to wash off your finish and start do refinishing your work piece.
Next time make sure you have thick film before do your sanding.


good luck


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#2 posted 09-10-2011 08:47 PM

Dilute boiled linseed oil with turpentine (1:2). Turpentine is a better choice because it helps to speed drying the linseed oil. Apply the diluted very carefully to endgrain only. If you apply it elsewhere by accident, it will have the same retarding effect on staining – just where you do not want it. The oil will darken the endgrain somewhat, so this method will not work for stains that are essentially lighter than the color created by the linseed oil application. The more you dilute the oil, the less effect on stain absorption there will be, just like adjusting the washcoat density.

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