Sewing Center #3: "Stained" Poplar

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Blog entry by SouthpawCA posted 08-31-2009 12:22 AM 2230 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I tried a number of different applications that would enable me to stain the poplar on the sewing cabinet. None really worked all that well. I sanded the doors down to bare wood and was ready to call it quits and paint it like I had intended in the first place. That’s when I stumbled upon the bottle of TransTint Reddish Brown #6003 that I had left over from a project a few months ago. I figured I might give that a try. I mixed the TransTint into a quart of Varathane WATERBASED poly. The TransTint will not mix into oil based products. I also added an oz. of Floetrol to help diminish any brush marks. Once I got the mixture to the color that I liked I brushed it on a large piece of scrap poplar that included everything from the green to the almost white of poplar. There was absolutely no blotching! The color was a bit pale so I added more Transtint. Total Transtint ended up to be about 1/2 oz.

This was the piece that looked so terrible before.

A closer view.

Another view of a different rail.

Last view. NOTE: the panels are going to be painted some artistic paint application, but not by me.

With the addition of multiple coats of the now tinted poly the color did get slightly darker with each coat. It doesn’t show very well here, but after 4 coats the color turned out to be a light cherry which is what I was aiming for initially.

The Floetrol indicated that the sheen may be reduced, however, I started out with a semi-gloss poly and it pretty much stayed semi-gloss. I was thinking if it did loose the gloss I would have added one final coat of plain poly.

-- Don

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 01:24 AM

Don, that looks pretty good. Poplar can be a challenge to stain. And good idea on the poly as well. The finish will take on the sheen of the final application so if you want a gloss appearance then the final topcoat with a gloss poly should do the trick.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 04:04 PM

Nice color lucky, very nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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