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I'm making some shelving that goes on either side of the mantle for a customer. There are two cabinets each with double wide shelving on top of them. I had to use a professional company to match the stain which is dark. The original woodwork in the home is alder and I'm making the shelves from poplar which is a similar hardwood.

The company where I had the stain matched used a acetone based dye. They told me I might need to spray the top coat on because it will likely take the stain off if I wipe it on or brush it.

I'm preparing to do some experimentation to see if that is indeed the case after letting the dye cure for over 48 hours.

I thought I'd put it to some of you professionals as to the correct method to proceed with my top coat. I do have a sprayer, but it's just a compressor with a nozzle for paint. I plan to do some experiments today with it if I find that wiping top coat, (System 3 marine top coat in satin) pulls the stain off.

It will be in the 60's today which is okay for spraying outside, so I'd like to get as many people commenting on this as possible before I need to get started.

Thank you.
 

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Woodsmithshop. I just went down and used the system 3 at a 15% dilution with mineral spirits and although the rag did get some stain on it, the wood remained uniform. I just put the finish on yesterday and I've had both heaters on in the shop all night so I may wait till the temp outside gets around 60 and just open the garage doors and wipe it on. I am also going to try a regular poly because it seems to wipe easier than this marine top coat. It's really a thick mixture even if you dilute it.
 
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