|Forum topic by bonobo||posted 04-27-2013 06:17 AM||799 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-27-2013 06:17 AM
I’ve found some discussion on replicating old trim finishes but wondered if anyone knew what the exact formulation is for the dark finish found on older softwood.
Our house, like a lot of Toronto homes from the early part of the 1900s, has Douglas Fir trim with a dark coating that appears to be shellac. The thing about it is that it looks like it was applied as a single thick coat and acts more like a glaze rather than a stain. i’ve tried staining new Douglas fir and can get the colour close but can’t avoid the grain reversal that happens with softwoods.
I suppose I could get close with enough coats of garnet shellac but I’m curious as to how the old timers managed to achieve such a dark finish in a fast, efficient way.
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