|Forum topic by mgee76||posted 06-02-2014 09:46 PM||743 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
06-02-2014 09:46 PM
Hello, I’m resorting to asking for advice because I don’t want to screw these chairs up any more than I possibly already have. I’ve stripped them of lacquer and sanded them somewhat, but I’m worried that I possibly exposed them to too much moisture and am not sure how to proceed with the finishing aspect. I’m thinking I’m going to want to stain or dye them somehow a darker color to cover any flaws, but am not sure what the best method would be and if it would even work.
I believe they are beech, but I could be wrong. In sanding, there are gray areas that seem softer… is this moisture damage? Should I bleach this wood first, and if so, with what? Am I safe to stain these, or will I have difficulty in doing so? Should I sand more until they are all a light, even color? I’d rather not sand too much more than I need to, if at all, but I don’t want an uneven color at the end. The more opaque the better, I suppose, with some of the grain (there isn’t much anyway) saved. Would a gel stain work, or would that limit my options?
I have decided that I’d like to use Waterlox to finish them, but am not sure if this is the best product. I can’t spray them and would like a nice, Danish, hand-rubbed finish, albeit darker.
Here are some pictures… any help would be amazing, thanks!
Sorry if these are too large. I can resize if it’s a problem.