Stain Finish for Highly Figured Hardwoods Recipe
Adding color to highly figured hardwood can be tricky. Without proper technique the results can be disappointing. Follow our step-by-step instructions and product recommendations for superior results.
Step by Step Instructions
- Sand the project up through the grits to 320-grit
Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches. Sand the glue away if found.
Apply a coat of aniline dye mixed with water to the surface. Flood it on with a staining sponge, and wipe it off with shop towels.
Apply a sealer coat (Zinsser Sealcoat) of a shellac-based finish by wiping: flooding the surface with finish and wiping it off.
If you have any nail holes, cracks or defects in the wood, fill them now with a wood filler putty that matches the color of the stained wood (sand smooth)
Apply at least two coats of a wipe-on polyurethane.
Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.
- It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.