Laundry Room Floor Cabinet #3: I hate finishing.

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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-03-2012 03:35 AM 3123 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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2/2/12 – Groundhog Day

I really don’t like finishing. It seems every time I have a project glued up and ready for final finishing, I blow it with the stain and/or top coat.

(so far)

First I added 6 coats of Transtint dye. (Left door) I’m a first-time dye-er so I used regular water as my solvent. I suppose I could have made a stronger dye mix and saved on the number of coats. Live and learn.

The right door has one additional coat of Olympic antique cherry oil based gel stain.

Tonight I’ve been spraying lacquer coats. I’m using Watco rattle cans. Boy oh boy the garage STINKS tonight! I planned on building the lacquer up with gloss and the top coating with satin. However, so far I really like the sheen. I might just leave it gloss.

Next, I plan to rub it out with a light wet sand and finish with wax and steel wool. I’ve never done this step before either. How long do you wait until you buff? The can says it will dry rock hard over 7 days. Do you wait all 7 or buff it out before its completely set up?

-- Eric

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 03:38 AM

Looks good so far. you are doing an excellent job.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 04:48 AM

That looks great. Diluting the dye in denatured alcohol works great too and won’t raise the grain on you. It also sprays very well (I use the cheapo Rockler HVLP). What color Transtint did you use?

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 02:44 PM

I won’t attempt any advice, but I will say you sure got a good looking finish. I prefer a satin gloss like you have there. I think too much gloss looks a little like plastic. That is just my personal preference and not a condemnation of those who prefer a higher gloss.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 09:18 PM

I was interested in an answer to your question as well, as I want to try dye / lacquer. I’m not of much help, but I’d say better let it dry a week (or 7 days if you want) and then buff. Try it on a piece of scrap before you do it anyway. Those doors came up very nice. Good job.

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 11:08 PM

Jimi, it is Dark Vintage Maple Transtint.

stefang, what you see in the photo IS Gloss. I planned on top coating with a satin, but I like the gloss as it currently is.

-- Eric

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 10:47 PM

Those doors look great. I think you’ve figured out your finishing process.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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