Whitewashing maple -- pickling stain vs diluted paint

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Forum topic by jinjin posted 11-08-2017 09:19 PM 499 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2017 09:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple finishing modern


I want to lighten up maple to be more white. I did a test on a scrap using matte latex paint and top coating with a clear coat. Overall, I achieved the look I was going for. I wanted very clean, modern look—just want to evenly tone down the color to white while wood grain is showing. I do not want shabby chick, or aged look.

On internet, I heard of pickling stain, but I don’t know how that is different. What is it and is there any advantage of using it over my old paint?

Also if using my old paint is fine, would there be any pros and cons for using matte vs gloss paint?

Thank you so much,

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#1 posted 11-08-2017 09:36 PM

paint is fine

You could use an oil wiping stain, but the light colors may not get you where your going as quick as paint

I have done it both ways

I have typically done this by brushing on the paint then quickly removing with a rag until achieving the desired look

If you want it to stay that way you can finish with water clear lacquer (do you have spray equip ?)

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