|Forum topic by Abe||posted 01-13-2015 12:05 PM||705 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-13-2015 12:05 PM
So I’ve got a small problem.
Been working on a box project. Had an image etched onto the top face via a laser, image is some basic graphics and text. The timber is recovered barn oak, a mishmash of red and white oaks really. The plan was to seal it with BLO, couple of layers of super-blonde shellac on top. Pulled this trick off before, looked great on that piece. Pre-finish, panel looked great, smooth, letters were slightly faint but intelligible. All up, looked about like the last one I did like this.
Last night I put the BLO down on my current project. The letters started fading away more as the BLO penetrated. Said to myself “it’s an oil finish. In for a penny, in for a pound now…” so I cleaned up and went to bed, let it do its thing.
This was last night:
This morning I looked in on it and the letters are very difficult to read now. The BLO has evened out the entire panel. Bummer.
I need a way to darken the letters/graphics that won’t creep into the surrounding grain. I’ve done some homework and read where guys are talking about precision ‘spot-application’ of stain with a detail brush, but I don’t think that’ll work here. What’s in my favor here is the etch is deep enough I think I can get away with putting some fine particulate into the etch, blowing away the excess, and shellacing or clear-coat over the top of that. Hopefully my idea makes sense when you see this:
The BLO can’t be pulled back, so I am where I am. I do have the nuclear option of just planing the whole top down to smooth. I’m not above it, but I’d prefer to preserve the graphic if I can.
I’m thinking about using charcoal/charcoal dust. Read some posts on google about wax. I’m interested in other opinions as well, I figure I can’t be the first to have had a finish not turn out the way I wanted. Any thoughts or time you care to share is very much appreciated. Thanks for reading! – Abe
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