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Question about using paint as stain

by QUlrich
posted 12-11-2018 04:52 PM

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#1 posted 12-11-2018 05:29 PM

First off be careful with pine. It is notoriously bad at taking stain evenly. I would suggest you start with a coat or two of de-waxed shellac to seal the wood. Also you can add colors to the shellac if desired which might eliminate the need for the paint coloring.
A common “paint” for what you are looking for is milk paint but I have little experience using it so hopefully someone else can answer that.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-11-2018 06:10 PM

The prep depends on what you want the stain to do. For a uniform color you may want to apply a thin mixture to raw wood, but that is risky on some woods like pine or basswood. The results are often blotchy. As a woodcarver I like to use stain to emphasize lines, undercuts, or textures – so a usually seal the wood before applying gel stain, and wipe off the excess stain within minutes. Here is an example:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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#3 posted 12-11-2018 09:03 PM

Nice piece! I can’t argue with that result.

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#4 posted 12-12-2018 07:50 PM

Yes thin the paint, but its more to reduce the amount of pigment so it does not completely cover the grain. Most all box store stains contain pigment and dye – thats why they need to be stirred prior to application. It can be difficult to find lighter brighter colors at the box store. You might check into Transtint dyes, there are some bight colors available and the dye doent fill in the grain. Just depends on the color and look you want. I think most paint providers, even the box stores, have utc pigments, which are mixed in the paint. Those can be used with a carrier/binder to mix custom colors. You migh be able to get the dark base paint (it doesnt have pigment) and have them add the utc color you want – never tried it.

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