I'm trying to come up with the right finish for some projects I'm
working on, but want to know how to get the finish I desire. I'm using
red oak and golden oak stain. The light wood is coming out just about
right, but the dark wood is darker than I would like. How can I get the
same color in the light wood, but lighter in the dark wood? Should I
mix in some natural color stain or perhaps something else?
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From what I've read, I don't want the dark wood to be lightened so that
it matches the light wood, just less contrast between the two. Wouldn't
peroxide bleach take out all the dark?
Bay Area Dave wrote:
By your description I'd guess you're using a pigmented stain such as
Minwax. With pigmented stains the pigment get into the grain. I suggest
trying an aniline dye such as:
(as always, experiment on scrap first).
Buffalo, NY - USA
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