advice for exposing lower layers during antiquing

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Forum topic by strandedpirate posted 06-11-2014 12:29 AM 790 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2014 12:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: antiquing stain paint

I just finished antiquing my first project but it didn’t go as smooth as I had hoped and wanted to seek advice on doing this more easily. The problem I ran into is exposing the stained wood beneath a coat of water based paint.

After applying the paint I sanded the areas where I wanted to expose the stained wood underneath, but in many cases the sanding went right through the paint AND the stained area which exposed raw unstained wood. I had to go back and re-apply stain to these areas. For some reason the stain refused to penetrate into these exposed areas like it did initially and these areas are no were near as dark as they should be (like the seat). Re-applying the stain over the paint also discolors the paint itself and effectively antiques it, which is nice to a point, but ultimately if left on too long would completely muddy the paint and be impossible to remove without spirits. I was constantly applying the stain over the exposed wood areas, letting it sit for a minute or so to get it to penetrate, and then wiping off the stain from the painted area it affected with a rag that had mineral spirits on it. This gets the stain off the paint nicely but also off the wood too which is were i wanted it to stay… argh..

I was hoping someone had some advice on how to more easily achieve exposure of lower levels of finish without sanding past it. I’m thinking some sort of buffer between the stain and the paint like sanding sealer or shellac might help?

I did find that if I sanded faster but softer that the un-cured paint would ball up producing a chipped paint look which ultimately allowed me to NOT sand through the stain in those specific areas. The chipped look is a fantastic “happy discovery” but I still want to achieve the sanded through look as well without hurting the stained layer.

Chipped/scraped edge look

Sanded edge look (this is the problem child)

Finished product

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 12:45 PM

I have seen the same technique done using milk paint instead of using stain. I have not tried it though. I personally don’t care for the look. Beautiful turnings, my next stool may borrow some of your design cues.

Based on your pictures I would not worry about the sand through. The piece looks aged in the proper locations. You could spray a clear topcoat to protect it if you wanted to. The raw wood adds some realism to the piece.

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