I made up a sample last night using a slightly different finishing
technique. "Backwards from the normal routine". Just wondering if
anyone thinks there will be a problem.
The finish for the red oak cabinet I have been playing with, is
essentially a water based dye stain, grain filling, and glazing with
an oil based gel stain, prior to top coating. Normal routine is
grain filling after the dye stain.
Last night, I took a piece of red oak, raised the grain, sanded it
down to prepare it. Then I filled the grain.
The grain filler I use is a thick water based paste. It can be
diluted but I don't find dilution to be of value. I tint the filler
with a black water based artists color. I applied it with a putty
knife and scraping the excess off the surface. I let it dry over
This morning, I sanded it with 320 emery cloth and brought it down to
a clean surface with a good fill.
Then I applied the dye stain. Let it dry. Then put the gel stain to
it. I didn't seal between any of the steps which I would normally
do. Then I started building the top coat with minwax satin finish
End result, it worked quite well. There was no sanding damage to the
dye stain which normally occurs. There was less pitting of the
grain filler. The grain maintained the dark black color with the
rest becoming a dark chestnut brown.
In summary; Conventional wisdom is to fill the grain after the dye
stain. I liked filling before hand, cause there is less problems
with not accidentally sanding through the dye stain.
Can anyone think of a reason why I should not go this route.?