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Posted on Watco Danish Oil Black Walnut on Red Oak - I want it darker!!

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#1 posted 03-05-2017 06:59 PM

When applying most oil based penetrating stains you normally will not get any darker than the second coat, the reason being is that oil base penetrating stains seal the wood off with one or two coats not allow any more stain to penetrant.
If after stirring your stain you still don’t get the color you want you may want to apply 1lb coat of shellac after your oil base stain is dry and apply a coat of General finishes dye/stain close to the color you want.If you use a thinned down dye/stain you can keep adding additional coats to get darker dye is on the surface so it doesn’t rely on penetration to add color.
Make sure you do this on some sample boards first and keep track of how you got the color you want.

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