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Forum topic by Brobab posted 03-11-2013 01:15 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brobab

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03-11-2013 01:15 AM

I am completing an ambrosia maple kitchen table. The top is highly figured and will be a natural finish – probably shellac to pop the figure followed by a few coats of wipe on satin poly. I have decided that the apron and legs will be black, (thought of walnut, but wanted it just a bit more contemporary). I am using regular soft maple. I am really intrigued by the idea of india ink as a black dye. With the maple, there really is no grain to bother trying to highlight and any figure will be obscured by the black.

I have done a sample board sanded to 220 using two coats of india ink with a foam brush. In the picture, the ink is on the left and the paint on the right. The ink gave a pretty uneven and streaky finish. It looks like it would improve with additional coats of ink. I did another sample board with two coats of black satin spray paint, no primer, (just run of he mill generic enamel spray paint).

I will likely finish with one coat of shellac and two or three coats wipe on poly. At this point, i can’t see the benefit to fooling with the india ink, other than that it seems “cooler” as a finish. The spray paint is a one afternoon and done option.

Can anyone offer any reasons why the ink is a better option? Seems to me that using the ink to ebonize might be best done on a small scale, and maybe when the goal is to highlight the grain. Spray paint just seems like cheating – I could always call it spray lacquer and feel better about it I guess….


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kdc68

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 01:26 AM

Never tried it myself…but here’s a link from my archieve of finishing tips…..old school approach

http://www.wwgoa.com/articles/projects/ebonizing-wood/

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 01:27 AM

Go w/ the paint.

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Moron

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 02:31 AM

I take that back

the right side wins

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 01:19 PM

The answer is obvious.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-11-2013 02:07 PM

You aren’t supposed to use idia ink by it self. I used it mixed with SOLAR LUX jet black dye worked great. do a search for ebonizing

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bugz

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 02:32 PM

I used black laquer in the rattle can, my table legs came out great. Good luck.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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DrDirt

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 04:04 PM

I had some trouble in the past week with spraypaint on soft maple.

I made two large picture frames (27 by 49 for a 24X46 glass panel) and painted them with Rustoleum “Universal” Satin Black, and I had no trouble in the first frame, but the second one, had a real struggle with crackling/alligator skin on one corner ~3 inches on both faces.
Sanded wrinkles out with 320. Resprayed, and had a 6 inch problem.

sanded to bare wood, light coat of shellac, repainted- waited 48 hours, recoated and still a few bad flecks.

I really don’t know what contaminant was driving this at just that spot, there wasn’t any glue I could see.

For the spray can instructions, you have to do your second coat either within 1 hour or after 48 hours.

I like the simplicity of the paint, and ultimately it looks good – - but it was a rough experience.

Maybe as bugz says the Lacquer will be better behaved than the enamel I used.
http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=183

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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