Maple burl stain questions

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Forum topic by Ingjr posted 04-04-2014 11:15 PM 1162 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2014 11:15 PM

I’m about to use a powdered dye stain mixed with water to color a small (28” X 21”) maple burl round. It’s mostly all burl with a small area of normal growth rings in the center. I’m using a light yellow maple from LV. My first time using dye/water combo. How high of grit should I sand to? It’s at 180g now and appears super smooth. What is the best method of application? (wipe, flood, spray?) Any other helpful hints on this attempt will be appreciated. BTW, it will be top coated with a pour on epoxy. TIA.

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 11:33 PM

Dilute the stain to about 1/2 the recommended.Go ahead and stain now, let it dry, then sand off the nibs with 220. Repeat as necessary to get to the desired shade. Proceed to finish, but with a solvent based finish…not water based.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 11:39 PM

I use dye a bit and find that 180 is plenty of sanding but be very sure you got every imperfection because the dye will pop everything. You should either raise the grain with some water first, sand it back, the then apply the dye, or you could use your first application of dye to raise the grain, sand that back, and then decide if you want to use more dye or proceed to finishing. I would test on some scrap to make sure the epoxy doesn’t lift the dye. I suspect it won’t but best to be sure. For smaller pieces a foam brush is good for slopping on water based dye. A plant spray bottle also works well. You want to really wet the surface. I don’t wipe off excess – just let it dry.

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 04:56 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I’ll try and get some pics up after the dye is on. It’s a beautiful burl and I really don’t want to mess it up. Thanks again, there will probably be more questions later on in the finishing stage.

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