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CharlesNeil

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#1 posted 02-10-2018 01:54 PM

Since you have a coating on the piece, what you are in actuality doing is called “glazing” .
This is where a colorant is applied over a coat of finish,
it will add color , but not like it would if the wood was bare.
Brushing a tinted “anything” , be it shellac or water base or whatever is very “iffy”
you can get streaks and a patchwork very easily.. toned finished are definitely best sprayed.
the best thing you can use for a glaze is a good gel stain,
be sure to let it dry well before topcoating
be sure to give the sealer/finish a scuff sand with some 600 or finer, preferably in the direction of the grain, as the glaze will hang in the sand scratches , which will also help with color retention,
you can do 2 coats of glaze, drying well between, but after that , you need to seal it in with some finish before doing a third . Excessive coats of stain can hinder adhesion of finish coats .
oil base gels works the best .


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