Have you considered making up your own stain ? Some Titanium Dioxide and paint thinner is all it takes. You can make it as strong as you like. If you want it to dry faster you could use Naphtha instead of Paint Thinner.
Are you staining White Oak ? Red Oak will end up looking Pink with a White stain.
I'm trying to make money Robert. It's very easy to add the cost of a gallon of stain to a job. It's not easy to calculate how long it would take to mix up a product and experiment with the amount of pigment and percentages of solvent. It might save the customer $50 on a $10,000 job, it won't save me anything.
Hi rich c, after 35+ years as a finisher I retired in 2015. Making money has always been a major priority be it as the Proprietor or as an Employee. Ive never bought any type of pre - mixed stain, always mixed my own and kept a formula.
Not knocking any store bought stain but I have complete control by mixing my own.
An issue I can see with a store bought stain is what if isn't as "strong in depth " as I would like it to be ?
Gallons of pre-mixed stain can cost upwards of $ 70.00. dar is staining White Oak with a White stain, its not rocket science to mix up a home brew if one is inclined to.
The major suppliers spec sheet for a White Stain, all contain pretty much the same ingredients. Their MSDS indicates... a Solvent or two, a Color and some Linseed Oil.
Since dar has expressed an interest in purchasing a pre-mixed White Stain; lets wish him the best ,and look forward to seeing some photos of the completed project.
Tyler, a shader is when you spray stain after you have stained and sealed, I cut stain with lac thinner and spray with a good touch up gun then lacquer. On this project you can barely see wood, i have to do 45 doors and frames so doing this has to do be very production like in order to make money
Oh, well if I was doing it, I'd do a clear seal.coat, then two washcoats of white topcoat. Reduce it 50% and you get the effect you look for. Hit it with a clear topcoat and you're in business. More consistent color than stain anyways
i agree with tyler. in this situation i would use reduced paint. you can add a little clear coat to the white paint to give it slight transparency.
Using wiping stain reduced with lacquer thinner as a "shader" over sealer is begging for finish failures. The oil in the stain will prevent the adhesion between coats.
You may have gotten away with it a time or 2, but definitely bad practice.
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