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500 days ago
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….