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#1 posted 05-17-2017 10:42 PM

Thanks all. A couple points of clarification.

My intent is not to shoot for opaque. I think my comment about applying relatively heavily may have come off as misleading. Poor choice of words I suppose. The reason I said that was because I had seen a few places on the web say that with high air flow, and low stain flow, the stain would actually atomize more and would dry quickly. And doing so could even minimize the grain in the wood, which is not what I want at all. What I meant instead is that the sprayer is simply the vehicle to apply the stain such that I can do so quickly over the somewhat large work area (as opposed to by hand) to ensure that time allowed for the stain to develop would be consistent from one end to the other. I still intend to wipe off regardless. I’m quite aware that stain cannot paint a surface as that’s not it’s purpose.

I’m not married to the idea of spraying, it’s just what makes sense in my head for this application. I could be convinced otherwise. However, I will definitely be spraying the poly coat once stained. I’ve used polyurethane in the past, but want to avoid the yellowing on this project. I plan to use polyacrylic for protection without messing with the tone.

Yes, I plan to use a conditioner first for exactly that reason (avoiding blotchiness).

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