Can I mix stain into my Poly ???

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Forum topic by MNbuzzdust posted 04-16-2009 09:05 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2009 09:05 PM

I am building a six door closet along a slanted ceiling wall. The doors are plywood. I bought some of the plywood a couple weeks ago and the wife picked up the other plywood (2 doors worth) yesterday. I stained them last night and they looked the same. I put my first coat of poly Minwax solvent based on today and now 2 of the doors look a bit lighter. Can I add some stain into my poly before I apply the next coat to darken the 2 doors?? Both are minwax products for solvent based..
Tips appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 09:15 PM

Yes. I do it. I guess you mean oil based when you say solvent based. I have only done this with oil based poly and stain. Remember that this creates a “tint” in the clear coat. It’s not the same as staining but it does help me out alot when I’m trying to match colors

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 09:36 PM

Thanks for the reply.
Great any special advice on doing it?? I have basically a 4×8 sheet I need to darken up abit ???

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 09:47 PM

My only advice is to do some samples before you do a whole sheet to make sure you are getting the result you want.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 10:19 PM

i use artist paint in the tubes with oil based poly.. like charlieM said, just test 1st.. and let dry before you decide

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 11:19 PM

Most finishing guys recommend staying under 10% stain when you mix. More than that can lead to adhesion problems. Oh, and the final coat should not be colored.

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 11:52 PM

Sounds like great advice. I ll give it a try. Thanks everyone!

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