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08-07-2009 05:05 AM

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I’m in the process of building an entertainment center for a friend of mine. He wants it stained expresseo. The entertainment center is birch ply and I would like to use a water based stain or dye. Does anyone know of any brand that has this color. Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 05:14 AM

Hey EmtWW
This is tough question, In each brand of finish they will have a stain and call it the same name but the colors are completely different. I would suggest General Finishes for good water base stains. Just get a chart and select a color that works for you.

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 08:06 AM

Was just talking to my neighbor today and he said as a kid they would use coffe and VERY little water to make a dark stain. Thought that was what your title was! haha

Agree with A1Jim. You might want to pin down exactly what “shade” of color they are looking for. They all very by manufacturer.


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#3 posted 08-07-2009 03:33 PM

What I do is get a color chart first from a place that mixes stain colors (if you have a Lowes around you they do this with Cabot stain) and then have the client pick out a few colors and have them mix a half pint of each and test it. The half pints only cost 2 or 3 dollars. Then once you know what they want, have them mix it in a quantity you need. Another thing I do is once they decide and the piece is handed off to them, is I give them the half pint of stain I bought for the test for touch ups down the road.

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 06:21 PM

Thanks for the replies, my friend decided that he likes the general finishes espresso stain, so that’s what I’ll use.

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 01:38 AM

Try Mohawk ultra penatrating stains. They are achol based and leave a rich color.

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 07:21 AM

I’m a little late, but I am a big fan of General Finishes’ water-based stains! I used their Espresso on some high grade maple ply and it is very good stuff. Highly recommended.

On top of it, I used PolyWhey for a completely water-based process, and the 2 got along together quite well.

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