second coat bliss

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Review by John posted 02-19-2012 10:32 PM 9511 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(sorry for the sideways pic)

so my wife and i have an agreement in the kitchen – when i cook, she cleans, and when she cooks she cleans… same goes for painting and finishing; as a result i have been encouraged to switch to water based products for easier (for her) cleanup.

hey, it’s a sweet deal, so i’ll give it a shot.

for my daughter’s nightstand, she insisted on black (yuck); i didn’t want to paint it, i wanted an opaque or near-opaque stain – so i tooled over to Lowes (pun intended) to see what i could find.

i was really close to buying a can of water based black stain when i saw this tube.

since i really am not a fan of using a brush – my favorite finishes are hand rubbed – i wanted to give this a shot

using a 4” or so square of microfiber stolen from the car washing stack, i first tried this with gloves – but i hate gloves, so i figured i’d test the soap and water cleanup aspect of this product. (my hands cleaned up nicely)

coat one was less than stellar, i had preraised the grain with water and knocked it down with 00 steel wool, but still had some grain raising and general uneven coverage – but i stuck with it. After about 2 hours dry time, hit it again with the steel wool then tack clothed the entire piece…

second coat was a dream! went on nice and smooth; so nice and smooth that while that coat’s drying i’m typing this because i had to share.

one big con that almost got this one less star is the valve on the tube – it’s a good thing in that the product won’t dry out with the cap off, but you have to squeeze pretty hard to get the stain out and it comes out fast; no fine control possible with my big mits.

another slight con is the coverage claim of 30-35 square feet – this is a little nightstand and i’m a third of the way through the tube after 2 coats

i’m surprised that i’m impressed with this product – and look forward to trying some more natural colors.

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-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 10:45 PM

Haven’t tried this product, yet. Thanks for the review!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 06:31 PM

I agree about the coming out too fast, hard to control, I might try squeezing with the tube upright, then turning down to dispense.

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 05:45 PM

Thanks for the review, I am in the same boat. Daughter wants black bedroom set. I will be trying this soon.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 03:24 PM

FWIW, Charles Neil suggests India ink for coloring wood black.

-- Greg D.

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 10:39 PM

yes the india ink works I just finished a Red oak DVD/CD cabinet which I posted a picture of. I used Solar lux jet black dye and added india ink as Charles Neil suggested. I sprayed 2 light coats and sprayed 3 coats laquer topcoat Came out really nice and so easy

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 01:40 PM

so true about the valve. I used the blue and green on a project. I wonder what the difference would be in using this product instead of aniline dye.

-- "Putty and paint make the carpenter I ain't"

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