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Staining cypress

by tscd22
posted 09-04-2017 07:55 PM

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 08:15 PM

Grain reversal is caused by the softer summer wood absorbing more color than the harder winter growth.

There are professional stains that will go on evenly, but you will loose the grain all together, I do not recommend them.

If you want it dark you should probably learn to live with grain reversal.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#2 posted 09-04-2017 08:46 PM

I like the natural color of Cypress so I’ve never tried to change it. The small amounts of stains I have are General finish so if I were in your shoes I’d try experimenting With GF.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 09:01 PM

cypress will stain ok if you make sure to sand it good. With staining you get what you get.

You could look into tints and dyes as well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 09-05-2017 06:09 PM

You might also test with any topcoat you have planned. any topcoat will change the look of the stained wood. While you’re at it, you might try a topcoat with no stain.

I assume that is the cedar rail showing in the pictures. Looks a lot grayer than any of your test patches.

Good luck. Or as my daughter once told me “If you can’t match it, clash it!”

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 09-16-2017 07:45 PM

Thanks for the replies. Even though hurricane Irma has gotten in the way of my responses, I was able to do a little work on the project. I finally decided to go with early American stain. It’s not perfect, but seems to blend well.

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