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Forum topic by lexxx07 posted 06-30-2014 03:29 PM 637 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lexxx07

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06-30-2014 03:29 PM

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Need to know all that is known about finishing parawood it is the blotchiest spottiest thing I have ever seen do not know what to do or which way is up already stained 3 chairs with ML Cambel Spray and Wipe And they look like shit they look like my second grade wood shop project.


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Earlextech

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 03:34 PM

Everything I’ve seen about Parawood is that it is easy to finish because all they do is top coat it. No stain. Maybe you found out why?

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 01:51 AM

Para Wood is from the rubber tree. It’s kind of hard to stain rubber. I finish projects for the Minwax company
for their advertising campaigns. When ever I get a piece that’s made of Para Wood we usually replace the prominent parts with another type of wood because it;s the worst wood ever to stain. They are usually tables so it’s easy to replace the top with another wood.

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 02:41 PM

Years ago I purchased one of those pre-made rocking chairs from one of the unfinished furniture stores. It was made of Parawood. I sanded it and then finished it with a pre-stain conditioner and gel stain at the recommendation of the salesman. The combination of those two things did seem to help with the blotching a lot, though there were still some areas that didn’t come out evenly.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 04:51 PM

I’m not familiar with parawood. When I tried to search it all I got was links to other links that never answered my question. Will someone please tell me what is parawood? Thanks, Willie

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Earlextech

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 05:05 PM

Parawood is from what we call “Rubber” trees. The sap is latex. Which is why stain doesn’t do well.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 05:32 PM

Thanks for the info. Sounds like something to avoid!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 05:12 AM

Had one hell of a time staining this thing but I need to find a dye that will work as a shading toner to go with my solvent base stain (ML Cambell Woodsong II Spray and Wipe) I will more than likely use there microton product but if ther are any suggestions for toners (not shading Laquer) I am all ears

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