This was done with GF's(?) "Java" ... I know it was "Java', but not sure
Got it a Rockler in any event, circa 2011, so it likely is.
Actually like what it did to this prototype chair, made of poplar first,
before using QSWO for the real chairs.
Been hard for me to stain poplar this satisfactorily for my taste any
other way, IME.
IIRC our kitchen cabinets are Java I was trying to match that on our
pantry, and it came out lighter than your chair. I ended up using "Dark
Brown" dye to get the dark.
My biggest problem is that the lap marks "removed" darkness, not get
darker. Even the guys at Woodcraft were scratching their heads on that
one. They credited me for the unused portion towards the dye.
Exactly the experience I mentioned earlier above when attempting to
touch up/repair previously gel stained components.
Makes perfect sense when you consider that the solvent in the new stain
acts to loosen/dissolve the existing binder from the binder/pigment
mixture that was previously applied.
Yes it does make sense, BUT Bartely gel stains never did this. The
biggest issue is when I do a face frame and go in one direction and end
up at the starting point. When the fresh stain meets the portion I
stained 5 minutes prior the stain comes off and is lighter.
This was not an issue with Bartleys and IIRC Lawrence McFadden gel
stains. Once stained, it was there to stay. I will be anxious, I
think, to see how Old Masters gel stains work, so far I have only use
the gel varnish.
Additionally this was not an issue with GF gel Candle Light or Georgian
Cherry gel stain. I have only had this issue with the Java color.
Now this is really hard to consider. With Bartely's you wiped the stain
on and immediately wiped off. If you happened to leave or miss a smear,
thick spot, this could be removed with the stain, it would dissolve the
glob and the rest of the stain remained in tact with out lightening or
Biggest problem I had was on areas that had corners or 90 joins. It
stayed darker in corners, where it was difficult to reach, and lightened
everywhere else. To the point I've ended up using q-ips to blend the
corners and 90 joins. PITA
Me too, but that doesn't work when the client changes their mind about
the color. :(
Spent $340 on one project just deciding upon another stain ... after the
first coat went.
If you need a few gallons of some very nice stain, might want to look at
Bartleys is available again and manufactured by another manufacturer,
I used Bartleys for years until I learned that Lawrence McFadden acquired
the rights to manufacture the product. LF was a superior product, IMHO.
Lawrence McFadden went out of business and Seagraves coatings now
manufactures the products.
And I have only seen Bartleys online, not in any local stores.
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