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10-29-2002, 11:33 AM
I've got a birch book case with maple trim. I'm thinking of spraying a lacquer finish on it. Maple doesn't take stain well, but I'd like to darken the wood just a little. What's the best way to do this? Can I tint the lacquer? I'm using NC lacquer, clear. Any other ideas or experiences are welcome, thanks
10-29-2002, 01:35 PM
Tinting the lacquer is the way too go. What you're doing is applying shader coats, the same way that a sunburst finish on an electric guitar is applie. I assume that you've tried analine dye stains and are unhappy with the results. Transtint dyes work well in this.
10-29-2002, 10:55 PM
Did a project that required the laquer to be tinted and I used a powdered stain. Don't mix it too dark, and use several light coats until you get the desired appearance. I don't remember the name of the stain used, that was 15 years ago. There may be some better products on the market now. Good luck!
10-29-2002, 11:31 PM
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11-01-2002, 05:12 AM
I recently had a similar issue and tinting the laquer is the way to go.
I used 'Transtint' dye from Woodcraft (this is where i found it) and it worked very well.
Mix it thoroughly and apply light 'toner' coats until you receive the look you're after - be careful of trying to get too dark too fast.
Good Luck :)