Black is black. Thinning it will only make it less black, and your
stain more like a tint.
The only thing you can mix black with to make it gray is white, so you
would need to find some kind of colorant that is compatible. I would
think though that a paint store would have to put in a lot to get that
done (zinc white maybe?) and they wouldn't guarantee the product.
You need to take that stuff back and buy the color you need.
You're in luck, Norm- just don't mix it, and it'll come out gray. If
it's not quite dark enough, give it one slow swirl with a stir stick
and try again. Repeat until you get the shade you want- no real need
to thin it, the black will settle to the bottom on it's own.
| >I want to get a gray, rather than black color on some wood for a
| >object using Minwax Ebony stain. What should I thin it with?
| > TIA
| > Norm
Based on several answers, I took some very light colored Minwax stain which
was almost the same color as the wood I was using and added some Ebony stain
to it. Final results to get the gray color I wanted was 1 part Ebony to 3
parts Pickled Oak. I've been told that I can also use the Natural stain and
I've bought a can of it for future use.
Thanks to all who answered.
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