I was given an antique leaded glass transom window by a customer and was asked to make it into a sliding barn door (inset the window into a custom door). She wanted a soft, natural look, with subtle variation in color and very little contrasting grain patterns like say Zebra wood or something. I used 6/4 Cypress and wanted a natural, low sheen look with medium brown color and a hint of that antique orange color. I've never used Pure Tung oil but it sounded perfect for the look I/she wanted. I'm using "The Real Milk Co. - Pure Raw Dark Tung oil" not Tung oil finish. I tested the color on a scrap piece while building the door and after about 8 coats, the color looked amazing. I decided to go for it, and applied it to the door. I cut the first application 60/40 Tung oil to citrus solvent and the next two coats just straight Tung oil. After the first coat, the finish was very blotchy and uneven (The first coat on my test piece didn't look that great either so I kept going). I'm now on my 4th coat and I'm starting to get nervous about the finish evening out. It is also VERY ORANGE, not at all the medium brown color of the test piece. Can I apply a stain or maybe a Tung oil finish like Watco Dark Walnut over the Tung oil finish to even out the blotchiness and darken the color? Or am I jumping the gun and should just finish out 6 or so more coats like on the test piece? I'm just worried that if I keep going, the Tung oil will "seal" everything up and I'll be at a "point of no return". I really like the door and do not want to start over and make the customer wait longer. Sorry for the long post. I tried looking thru the other threads for an answer to no avail and seems like a more detailed the question will save time in the long run. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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