The Wrong Stain on Douglas Fir.

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Forum topic by Bear95252 posted 04-12-2009 06:53 AM 2000 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2009 06:53 AM

I am embarrassed to fess up but here is what I did. I am building a mantel for the fireplace. I have a 5 X 9 X 7”5” piece of doug fir. I want it to look very rustic so I did a little sanding and beat it up with a chain. Looks good. I wanted a dark stain but I did not pre-seal the wood and applied a cherry oil based stain. Naturally the stain did not penetrate evenly and there a lot of light and dark grain showing. The wife does not like it and wants a dark oak look. My question is what can I do to salvage my $75.00 hunk of wood. Is it to late to do the mineral spirits and blo? Is there another kind of finish other than paint that I can apply over the cherry stain. Any advice will be very much appreciatyed

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 07:09 AM

Sand it and do the washcoat.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 07:18 AM

you could try mixing a little stain of the color you want into your top coat and spray it. I would do a light sand with 600, then lightly spray with the stain top coat mix until you get the color you want. One draw back is the color could have a muddy look when done and you might have to sand and polish it back to the sheen you want. Hope this give you some options

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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