Dye Vs. Tinted Shellac on Hard Maple

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Forum topic by Dchip posted 09-28-2012 07:41 PM 2112 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2012 07:41 PM

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I’m soon gonna be finishing a hard maple kitchen table top, and I wanted to give it a SLIGHT color. I’m thinking that even an amber shellac may do the trick, possibly with a little dye. I plan on doing test pieces, but I want to limit buying unnecessary finishing products, so I’m hoping to narrow it down to 2 or 3 top choices.

Thanks for the input.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 07:51 PM

Getting an even dye color on maple is extremely difficult. It just gets blotchy. I’d seal with clear shellac, see how it looks, and then do some toner coats on top. If you mix your own shellac from flakes, you can mix and match blonde, amber, and garnet flakes to get the tone you want. Then top coat it with poly or lacquer.

Test on scrap first, as always.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 08:08 PM

Ditto. Seal first then tone with tinted shellac. You’ll like the look.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-28-2012 09:11 PM

Tint the sealer coats. Dark vintage maple transtint looks great on maple.
Works great.

I don’t have many finishing products in my shop; zinsser sealcoat for sealing, my clear coat (crystalac super premium), and some transtint (alcohol soluble for tinting) and transfast (water soluble for dyeing wood to bright colors). Does everything I need.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 09-28-2012 09:24 PM

Use Blotch control first and then spray thinned down dye/stain until you get the shade you want.

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#5 posted 09-28-2012 10:06 PM

Assuming the table gets used, shellac is not a durable finish. Use a wipe-on poly, tinted or not to the desired shade.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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