Color stains made easy and cheap.

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Forum topic by scrollfreak posted 01-19-2012 04:43 PM 808 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2012 04:43 PM

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To all my fellow woodworkers. Thank you for the greetings as a new member. I have a tip to share. As most of you may know, buying colored stains can become expensive. I have found a way to mix my own stains in any color desired. All that is needed is natural stain and artists oil paints in tubes. Mix the color of artist oil paint with the natural stain until it is like a thick water color. You can add a little thinner, but don’t overdo it. Just brush it on, let sit for about 10-15 minutes then wipe off. Give the stain about 8-10 hours dry time before applying finish. I have had very good results with this method. You can see several of my pieces on my facebook page. Name is Doug Stokes in Springfield, Mo. Go to my photo albums titled Chips & Splinters and Woodworking. Have a great day and happy woodworking.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 06:23 PM

You got me on the “natural” stain. Do you mean a colorless product or “neutral” stain base? Sounds like a great idea if I can get my pea sized brain around the subject.
Oh! Welcome again.


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#2 posted 01-19-2012 06:30 PM

Bill, neutral will work as long as it is colorless. I use Minwax Natural. Just remember if staining soft wood to first use pre-stain conditioner to prevent blotching. Sometimes a second coat of color stain is necessary to acheive the desired tone. Or you can leave the first coat on for a longer period of time.

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 06:55 PM

great idea and welcome.

had to laugh when i read the title to this topic. “color stains made easy and cheap” i thought, “making them is usually free, it’s getting them out that’ll cost ya!”

ha ha and again welcome. great bunch of people.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 07:52 PM

Nice idea. Probably more color (opacity?) than using Kool Ade as I do for toys.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 08:34 PM

Nice, good info thx for sharing and Welcome as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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