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Forum topic by TraveledSome posted 09-15-2012 07:15 PM 1379 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2012 07:15 PM

I have pine bookshelf bought unfinished. Want to stain it a dark oak. Need to have done ASAP, this not anything that needs to be top quality as it is just until we get what we really want. For my sons children’s books. I literally need it avail in 24-48 hours I do have a basement room it can dry in. What is my quickest solution? It does not need great protection.

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 07:25 PM

I would use an oil base stain followed by spraying a couple coats of lacquer. The last step would be rub it with paste wax ans 0000 steel wool. If it needs to be water resistant use a coat of poly before the rub down but it will need longer to dry.

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 07:50 PM

sanding sealer first to prevent blotching, if it’s a concern.

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 07:58 PM

If you are looking for high speed and moderate quality, and if you don’t have spray equipment, I would use a water based stain and water based poly. I like oil based better for both stain and poly, but with water based you will hit your deadline with time to spare with as many coats of poly on it as you want. As waho said, use something to precondition the pine before staining to reduce blotching. This will make it look nicer and doesn’t add much time to the equation.

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 09:50 PM

Quickest solution would be a tinted paste wax. Wax on, wax off.

Limited protection though. Don’t get one with Toluene, they stink.

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 10:10 PM

If you have not thought of this for visual appearance… Pine stains with the opposite look from hardwoods like say Oak… what looks like should get darker with stain will stays lighter. :)

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 11:59 PM

Pine stains blotchy. I dislike using stain on pine for this tendency. But if you have to do it, definitely use a pre-conditioner before applying stain.

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 01:56 AM

Brown acrylic enamel paint (Ace Hardware et al) might be your quickest/best option.

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 03:26 AM

Sand to 180, 220 tops, apply sanding sealer spit coat (but really how much blotching could one really see on dark oak), then dark brown or dark reddish brown alcohol based dye – transtint – to give a dark undertone, then more dye if required, then a dark gel stain, then shellac with dye as a top coat if need more dark, or darkened wax, buff, done.

All of these coats will dry quickly, especially if you throw a hair dryer on it, set on heat. I’m talking 20 minutes or less between coats. So maybe 2 hours tops.

You can mix dark brown shoe polish, the kind in the short round can, with Johnson’s or Minwax paste wax, the 1 pound can stuff, maybe a spoon of shoe polish, and 1/2 spoon of johnson’s. Don’t glob it on. The second coat just melts the first, so no advantage to wax several coats. Or just dark brown shoe polish. Hey, it’s just wax.

If paint is an option for you, use KILZ 2 primer tinted with a dark brown universal colorant you can buy at a hobby store. The reason for KILZ primer is that it accepts colorant and drys to the touch in 30 minutes, and rock hard in 24 hours. Primer is basically paint.

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#9 posted 09-16-2012 12:57 PM

Tinted poly. Done.



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