We have a dresser that was finished with Formby's Tung Oil Tung Oil. We
would like for this dresser to be darker, maybe a walnut color. What
would be the best way to go about darkening this piece of furniture?
Can I apply an oil-based stain, such as Minwax, to the dresser or does
Formby's make a darker tung oil that I could apply to the existing tung
Oil finishes soak in and harden. Adding more won't work well since it
won't soak in. A bit might stay on but very little. Ditto stain. You
didn't say what color the thing is now but your best bet - short of
refinishing or paint - is colored wax.
Second thought...you could use a toner which is a clear finish like
varnish or lacquer with a transparent coloring agent.
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Yes. Clean it well first with mineral spirits, or naptha, in a well-
ventilated room. Maybe a quick surface sanding with 320 or so. It may
take more than one or two coats of the gel stain.
The colored wax trick is for smaller increments of color change...
Some people use a squege to apply gel stain. A cheep paint brush can
also be used. Gel stains can be messy. Practice on some other substrate
first. I hate Gel stain, but it probably is your best choice. If not
properly applied it can look like hell. Thin multiple coats are good.
However, I've gotten great results on alder with a cherry gel stain.
I've just recently seen a door gel stained and it looks like someone
smeered ...well... gel stain all over it. Not a very positive response,
but I wanted to let you know it is a little tricky to use.
IIRC Formby's Tung Oil _Finish_ is a wiping varnish. It will seal the
pores in the wood so that there is nothing to trap the pigments in
_Toning_ would do the trick for you. That means using a colored top
coat such as shellac of the approriate hue. In addition to stains,
doesn't MinWas make colored topcoats, basicly colored versions
of their water-based polyurethane/ploy acrylic varnishes?
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