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Forum topic by Thalweg posted 03-16-2013 03:57 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2013 03:57 AM

I’m refinishing the cabinets in an old Airstream camper. The woodwork is all oak veneered. We want to emulate the original finish as much as possible. I believe it was a lacquer with a blondish-tan tone. So my current intention is to spray a clear lacquer sealing coat on it, then spray multiple coats of lacquer with some sort of dye in it to get the color we’re looking for. Problem is, I’ve never done anything like this before. I bought a Mixol dye kit from Woodcraft. But these are a bunch of little bottles. I doubt that there would be enough to do all the cabinetry. I just seems impractical.

So, have any of you ever done large toned lacquer projects before, and what did you use for dye. Additionally, how do you mix it to get consistent colors through multiple mixes. I hope not to screw this up, it’s a lot of sanding.

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 04:04 AM

Buy one bottle of TransTint Honey Amber and start doing some test pieces, keeping track of the drops of TransTint and volume of lacquer. Once you have your ratio, mix it up and start spraying.

The Mixol dyes are great for color matching existing finishes, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be fine with Honey Amber.

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