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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 05-23-2019 04:59 PM

Rich, did you use distilled water to mix the Transfast? I seem to remember seeing that when you mix relatively dilute colors, they recommend using distilled water to avoid problems (or something like that). I just bought some Transfast recently but have not tried it yet. The local Rockler was out of the color I wanted in Transtint so decided to give it a try.

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Yes I did. You want to mix with hot water as well.

Mix some up and put a teaspoon or so on a paper towel. It will separate into rings of the colors that make up the dye. It dyes wood like alder perfectly (with blotch control), but for curly grain it separates and what’s left after sanding is just not pretty. Hard to explain, but if you try it you’ll see what I mean.

I got curious and tried a couple. On the left is Antique Cherry Red and on the right Brown Mahogany.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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