Best way to finish cherry stair treads?

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Forum topic by jtm posted 03-04-2014 06:54 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2014 06:54 AM

Hi all,

I’m about to finish some cherry stair treads.

Here’s the issue…
I need to match Thomasville cherry cabinets (within reason). It needs to be a dark red color. Here’s my plan, so could you please tell me whether or not this sounds right? I need to make these look like they came out of a professional factory.

  • apply General Finishes water-based pre-stain conditioner (flood the surface and wipe off by hand)
  • dry for a day, then scuff sand with 150 grit to eliminate the raised grain
  • spray (HVLP) a number of light coats of General Finishes water-based dye stain until I get close to the color I want (I’ll stop a little lighter than I want)
  • dry for a day and then scuff sand with 150 grit
  • tint some General Finishes water-based High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat with the dye stain and spray (HVLP) it as a toner coat to get the final color that I want
  • dry for a day and then scuff sand with 150 grit
  • spray another (HVLP) two or three coats of General Finishes water-based High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat by itself until I achieve the final surface that I want

And hopefully that’s it.

Am I on the right track? I’ve never worked with dyes/toners before, but it’s my understanding that this is the best way achieve uniformity in color, as well as avoid blotching. I don’t want a heavy grain pattern, which is why I plan on doing light coats instead of flooding the surface with the dye stain.

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 08:35 PM

Way too complicated. Stain with a oil base stain like ZAR. After a week, brush on 2-3 coats of a good waterborne poly floor finish like Varathane or Bona Mega.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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