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noone

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408 days ago

I think i’m totally screwed here.

I put one coat of Enduro Var, let it dry, sanded it back with 320, and then sprayed a coat of tinted EV with Transtint cordovan hoping I could just spray on the color nice and even. This is what I have now. It looks terribly lighter in the corners and edges where the toned finish has run off. It’s all running off the sides. And it looks so dark that it just might as well be paint. Do you know what I can/should do now? I’m asking the wife if we can just paint them at this point….. I’m looking for any options at this point. I’m so frustrated right now…....


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Straightbowed

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#1 posted 408 days ago

actually I like it myself put some topcoat on a let it go

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 408 days ago

Those look great! Maybe it’s the low res here at LJ that’s hiding something we can’t detect, but from where I sit its a fantastic finish. Roll with it! Act like you meant to do just this, and all your neighbors will be asking for the secret.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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noone

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#3 posted 408 days ago

Its actually not good at all. I’m trying to figure out how to get some tinted finish into the cracks. I guess i need to spray again and see what happens.

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ART LACKEY

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#4 posted 408 days ago

Well, what are you trying to achieve? what color is it supposed to be? If you want it lighter your just going to have to strip it and start over.

-- IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH,YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,BUT IF YOU TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH---HE'LL SIT IN A BOAT AND DRINK BEER ALL DAY!

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Cosmicsniper

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#5 posted 408 days ago

Use a glaze in the cracks…I like pitch black GF water-based glaze.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#6 posted 408 days ago

And, BTW, a little Transtint goes a long way. You want to be able to sneak up on the result with 5 to 10 light passes. If you got it dark in less, then use less dye…and do a test board next time. :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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noone

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#7 posted 408 days ago

Thanks for the replies.

I did use a test board. The test board was flat. This was not!

Tomorrow, i’m going to try to brush some of the tinted finish on the rounded edges and in the cracks and see what happens. Or spray it on, knowing i’m going to darken the rest of the surfaces too much.

My main mistake was that I flooded the surface trying to get the finish to stay on the rounded edges and into the cracks. I think I should have just let it go and then came back to the edges later…..

If I did want to strip this down, how do I strip wood? I’ve never done that before.

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 407 days ago

Could you apply some of the finish into the corners with a Q-tip or something like that?

-- Art

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noone

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#9 posted 407 days ago

This evening I brushed on several coats of tinted finish on the light profiled areas. It’s looking better. After several more coats to the light profiled areas by brush, I will sand the flat areas smooth and then give it one more coat of shader before I add clear finish. It looks like I can salvage this even though the end product is taking me 3 to 4 times longer to achieve.

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Finisherman

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#10 posted 407 days ago

If you must strip the wood, use a methylene chloride stripper. The label will tell you whether or not methylene chloride is part of the formula. Brush the stripper on generously and then allow plenty of time for it to do its job. When the finish is completely softened, use a plastic scraper to remove the sludge. Be aware that you may need more than one coat of stripper to complete the job. When the wood is clean, use an abrasive pad or steel wool in conjunction with lacquer thinner, acetone or denatured alcohol to remove the stripper residue. From there you can sand, stain and refinish.

All the best

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noone

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#11 posted 406 days ago

Thanks for the stripping tips.

What brand of stripper do you use from the home centers?

How does one deal with the small cracks and crevices on profiled edges?

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 406 days ago

Live with it, they look great.

Maybe ask your friends and family for a second and third opinion?

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Finisherman

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#13 posted 406 days ago

I’m Canadian, so the consumer brand that I’m most familiar with is called Circa 1850. If you live in the states, I’d try one of the Klean Strip or Jasco removers. I’ve heard that Klean Strip is available at Lowes and Home Depot.

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