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Forum topic by FredIV posted 11-22-2011 10:48 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2011 10:48 PM

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For some reason, I really like Poplar wood. I love the greeny color, the softness, and the grain. My question is: would anyone or has anyone ever considered staining this type of wood?

Now, I’ve made poplar moldings before but I’ve always painted them – which seems logical. I’ve always heard to paint poplar because it’s not a super attractive wood. I’m just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this, good or bad.

-Thanks FredIV

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 11:48 PM

Fred, you use dye instead of stain, you can make it any color you want. I’ve done it with walnut and a dark cherry dye, and it almost looks like the real thing. I hardly ever use stains, so I can’t tell you how it will stain.

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 12:10 AM

Like Tim said your much better off using dye. I recommend using some of Charles Neil’s blotch control first because poplar tends to blotch up big time.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 02:50 PM

Thanks guys. Tim, I’ve read some additional info and quite a few recommend the dye over stain.
Jim, that video was extremely helpful. I would consider purchasing it. Thanks for the feedback.


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