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black stained maple cabinets1/18/15
I'm having some issues on my current project with being able to see the woodgrain on black stained maple cabinets
You might try using a dye instead of a stain. We use Transtint black dye on maple. We can see the grain.
Sounds like you are trying to hide the grain completely??
You could use a black primer followed by a clear topcoat. ML Campbell Clawlock is available in black.
Bobby - what is the problem you are experiencing and what steps have you taken that produce the problem?
Isn't the reason you stain something is to see the grain?
Ok how do you stain maple without sealing first? When I have in the past I have had blotching problems
Instead of sealing there are a few options.
1) Use a spray only stain
2) Use clear stain base, let dry, then proceed with the wiping stain as normal
3) Spray a washcoat, then wiping stain
4) Spray an NGR, followed by a washcoat, followed by wiping stain
5) Convert wiping stain to a spray stain by cutting about 4 to 1 with naphtha. Note that this cant be done with all wiping stain brands.
Each of the above techniques will eliminate or minimize the blotch, but they will all end up with different looks.
We use method #1 of JM's suggestions: spray only stain. We are careful not to saturate the surface. That can lead to blotching. If necessary, we apply multiple coats to build up the color.
We would use black stain by mohawk, then seal, then 30% dye to 60% thinner to 10% lacquer top coat, spray a few light passes, then take an aresol can of lacquer to spray a small section to see where you're at, then continue with straight top coat when you achieve the look you desire. Too much transparent dye will leave it looking muddy and hiding the grain
In my experience if you get it truly black you don't see the grain anyway.