Spray Toning Furniture
From contributor M:
I would be careful, as contributor B said, about adding too much color and creating a painted effect. I find that when darkening a stain finish, after the topcoats have been applied, the color tone will be more of a solid appearance. To a degree this can be acceptable, but once done, it's done. You may lose some of the wood grain appearance depending on how much you deepen the color. I would consider making a sample and finishing it the same. Then darken as you plan to, and show to the customer. We toned one project and the customer said afterward that she would have preferred the original color versus the darkened color. She still accepted the work and paid in full, but we could have saved ourselves a lot of work if we had made a sample to show the end result.
From contributor P:
You're right to worry about adhesion issues with a glaze or stain. Most stains are only meant to be used on bare wood.
Spray toning an entire piece of furniture is an art, but is done all the time. Getting good results by brush sounds next to impossible. If you can spray, mix a small amount of compatible dye (like TransTint) into the same poly and spray light coats until you reach the desired shade. Watch out for lap marks! If you can disassemble the desk, that might help.
From contributor C:
You can get great results (make samples first) by scuffing the surfaces with a fine scotch- brite pad, glazing, and then lightly toning (mix a bit of dye stain with some lacquer thinner and lacquer). Get a sample approved by your client first.
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