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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 04-13-2013 06:52 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2013 06:52 PM

I’m installing a Mahogany screen door and surround (built in place) for my front entry. Using a “mahogany” front door blank. They sold me the door as Mahogany, it looks great but if it is Mahogany, it’s the hardest Mahogany I’ve ever seen. Using on hand materials I have two different types/colors mahogany to cover and trim the surround with the door being the third color/type. I’ve tried a few different dye/stain/potassium dichromate/poly/oil combinations on test pieces, so far don’t have the look I want that will either complement or blend the three materials. I like the color of their Minwax Wood finish in Red Mahogany, but it’s too dark. I’m thinking if I thin it by about 50% I’ll get the desired color. Problem is, they say not to thin it on the can. I remember hearing (here?) that they have to say that now to meet VOC compliance rules. Anyway, they don’t say anywhere on the can what solvent to use to clean up, and therefore thin their product. I’m thinking mineral spirits. Has anyone thinned their stain? Any other recommendations

-- Ken

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 02:06 AM

You can thin with mineral spirits. If you want the stain lighter, also try sanding to a higher grit. Maybe 220 or 320.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 02:13 AM

Also, don’t forget to do a test piece.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 02:24 AM

Mineral spirits or naphtha…But, naphtha will evaporate quicker thus the stain color will set faster and have less time to wipe and blend…So based on your project size, mineral spirits would be better IMO

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 02:33 AM

I thin oil based stain all the time with mineral spirits. I like Kleen Strip mineral spirits. It also makes the stain wipe on better, with less tendency to dry out or get tacky.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 02:43 AM

Another way t thin Minwax stains is to use Natural Minwax as a thinner. It has the same solvents and resins but no color added.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 03:09 AM

I suggest, before adding either mineral spirits or naptha, determining whether you have water-based Minwax stain or not.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 06:51 AM

I thought mineral spirits might do the trick, but wanted to make sure it would dry correctly. MNgary, I don’t think it’s water based but I will test that with a damp rag. And of course I will run many samples on test pieces before I touch the project parts. Thank you all.

-- Ken

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