My project continues at a glacial pace. I've been so busy that I have
only had time to add a few more specimens to the Guarino Museum of Test
Pieces. The rest of the work is stuck in mid-sanding.
Before I ask, I'll admonish myself to save time:
"Don't use stain! Choose wood whose color you like, then use my
foolproof 12-step process for a beautiful finish!"
The project consists of a solid red oak frame with ply shelves. I'd like
a darker color. I will again admonish myself, in the interest of saving
"Minwax sucks. Don't use it"
I have a fair sampling of the Minwax rainbow at home. None of them
really do it for me, at least not for this project. I just got a couple
of colors of Rustoleum Stains. I made test pieces. Not bad, although
neither was remotely the color on the sample (allegedly on oak as well)
displayed at the store.
"Did you read the directions?"
I read the directions. Apply liberally, wait 1-2 minutes, wipe off
There wasn't nearly as much color change as advertised. Both colors were
not bad actually, but I have just applied a second coat over parts of
the test pieces. I'll add that the colors still do not match the
samples, but they are a little darker.
"Use gel stain!"
"Don't use gel stain!"
I haven't tried that method yet, and I may. But for now I am wondering,
if I achieve a color I like with more than one application of stain
(presumably "oil" - it says it's "flammable" and mentions "petroleum
distillates"), will I find problems later? Improper adhesion of the
topcoats for instance? (I'm considering Watco).
"Geez, you don't know anything at all about finishing".
Guilty as charged.
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