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Posted on Need tips on finishing curly maple to a nice brown for flag display case

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 03:47 PM

I suspect you will need blotch control, regardless of stain or dye. Read about here.

Get plenty of wood so you can do a lot of testing before doing anything with the ready to finish project. For a display case, I would use regular poly thinned 1:1 with ms, and mix dye directly in. I use WD Lockwood oil based dye dissolved with acetone and naptha (about 1:2). It may take several dye colors mixed to get just what you want, and testing of mix concentration. That’s the hard part. Application is very easy – after blotch control and light sanding (leave the dust), flood the surface, keep wet for 10 min, wipe off, let dry 2-4 hrs, repeat, let dry min 4 hrs. Wet sand with poly/dye mix, wipe off. You can keep wet sanding with finer grits and wiping off, or simply do wip-on coats till you get the film thickness desired. I would wet sand sand up to 1500 or 2000. That might do it for a satin finish.

You dont mention it but with curly maple many times people want a 2- tone color, very dark brown or black with a medium color over it. Use a dilute dark dye, sand back, may need 2-3 coats sanding back between each, then finish as above. Do not use blotch control.

There are many other products and methods to get there, but this is actually a very simple method that will produce a fine and slick finish, and can be used to produce different colors and final finish sheens and looks depending on film thickness and final finish methods. There’s always packaged dye stains and other finishes depending on application method, wipe on, brush, spray.

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