I am having some difficulty staining a small piece of
boxwood (a violin chinrest.)
I am using a Behlen NGR stain, but the results (when viewed
from certain angles) are rather blotchy.
Might there be something that I should be applying before
the stain that would make the results more uniform in color?
Thanks for any tips,
No experience with Box but wash coats generally can help, ie a very
thined coat of shellac, or pre-stain conditioner (pretty much the same
thing) before staining. But actually any wood that will blotch is
never really totally fixed by this method.
I think it's best to go with a toned film finish. Just put trans tint
dye into shellac or lacquer. You need to apply very even coats and
control overlaps but go a little lighter than you want and build to
the depth of color you want.
The down side of this method is you start to obscure the wood grain
but with Box I don't think there is much to obscure... right?
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