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#1 posted 09-16-2016 09:27 AM

I really couldn t recommend that. The Transtint dye would only soak into the end grain and not the flat grain as I mentioned above and increase the mottled appearance. In fact, I use Transtint dye to EMPHASIZE the wood grain in curly maple!!! It does a wonderful job of making the curly maple grain “pop”.

What you can do is apply some more wood stain AFTER you have sealed the wood grain with a sealer. The color will darken though. Its worth a test.


- Planeman40

Thanks for the advice Pianeman! So at this point, my best option to darken it up a bit and get the wood to look more consistent would be to wipe on a mixture of dewaxed shellec mixed 50/50 with denatured alcohol, let that dry for a few hours, then go over it with another coat of stain? Does that sound like the best idea to accomplish my goals? (

My goals are 1. Get the color to look more consistent with less blotchyness, and 2. Darken it up a bit.)

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