I'm finishing my mission style benches, and I'm trying to match the table as
best I can (we bought the table as it was exactly what we were looking for
at a fraction of what it cost to build it. :( )
I'm using 2 Danish Oils mixed to get the right color and when I flood the
surface it's the right color. The problem is when I wipe it off, it
lightened considerably. I've used Danish Oil in the past and have been
really happy with the finish, but for some reason this is giving me fits.
So I have 2 options:
1. Put a stain over the top of the Danish Oil. I don't want to do this but
will if it's my only option.
2. Darken the Danish Oil with something, but the question is what. I've
mixed Watco Dark Walnut with Fruitwood to get the color I'm looking for.
I can also use the Watco dark wax finish to darken it a bit as well, and
planned on doing that to the legs and underside, but the top will be getting
several coats of poly for durability. Is there such a thing as darkened
AGGGG!!!! Help here please! Thanks guys.
i've had good success tinting poly with Transtint, and then spraying it.
i've also brushed the tinted coats on, but with more difficulty.
the effect is essentially a "lens" onto the wood, creating a nice even
Mike Rinken wrote:
i recently had to build a desktop in white maple, with a *dark* stain.
it wasn't easy, but here's what worked (and it's a technique i'll use
again, for sure):
1) sand to 220, use mineral spirits to check for swirl marks, etc.
sand, sand, sand
2) one wiped-on thin spitcoat of shellac to prevent blotching
3) get some bartley's gel varnish and use transtint to tint the varnish
to an appropriate color (in my case, a combination of dark mission brown
4) let dry for a day or so
5) mix up an oil-based poly with transtint, and spray multiple coats
until color is dark enough
6) after dry, rub out with wax and 0000 steel wool
the nice thing about this finish is that you can get a rich color but
still see the wood grain through it, without blotch.
Mike Rinken wrote:
I don't know what species of wood you used, but you might just be able to
put those benches out in the sun for a couple of days to darken them. I
made a bar top out of mahogany a while back and let it get a nice sun tan a
few days and it really darkened to a nice color.
I'd recommend trying a sample first.
Hope this helps,
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