This pair of doors has a (very expensive) molded glass center. So I am fin ishing only the frame surround, which is a set of 2x6,1-1/2 thick. I do no t wish the strong grain to adsorb color and become dominant.
The main colorant is a toner that I made: It is Hydrocote lacquer colored with a premixed water borne dye. The dye was mixed first, cooled, and then poured into the lacquer. The mixture seems to be uniform in color.
My spray sequence was
1) Spray the door with a coat of Bullseye shellac and, after drying, I lightly sanded it smooth. The idea of the shellac was to prevent the grain from becoming too strong in the final product.
2) I then sprayed the water borne lacquer toner on top.
3) If nothing went wrong I would then spray a couple of coats of clear Hydrocote and rub out the finish.
I have used this technique before with excellent results. However, this ti me the result was a blotchy mess. At first I thought it was fisheye. But, after drying, it appears to be smooth. but blotchy. The color is not unif orm - even thought the toner seems to be uniform in color and consistency.
1) just keep spraying hoping that it will become uniform with increas ed colorant or should I stop and strip it. 2) add more color to the hydrocote
3) try to make a dye mix with significantly less water and add that to a new batch of Hydrocote.
4) strip it and try a whole new approach.