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Refinishing Poplar to get green tones out6/20/20
We want to refinish a solid Poplar dining table. Current finish is clear P/U. Looking for someone experienced with Poplar and what stain colors or whitewash/pickling finishes would best nullify the olive-greenish overtones common to Poplar, to bring out a more white ash/maple/pine tone.
Put it out in direct sunlight for a week. The green will all be gone, but a different shade of tan than the sapwood. Red kills green, but it won't make it cream colored, it will make it reddish/brown.
As Rich said, if you just want to get rid of the green tones add red, dye or stain, or toner, but you'll lose the creamy tones. If you want to keep the creamy tones then I think you are looking at having to bleach it, and then dye it the color you want.
Over time the green goes brown. Putting it in the sun might speed it up.
Why would you use poplar for a table top top begin with? Its probably faster and better to just re make the top in maple.
I don't understand, you aren't matching & reproducing the original look? If not, use 2 part Daly's bleach. Apply twice. Lay down a sealer coat, scuff with 320 grit with the grain. Use a glaze, wiping lightly with the grain. Dry brush, leave no brush strokes. Apply topcoat finish, scuff with 400 grit abranet, and lay down your funal topcoat.
Glaze color suggestions:
If it's a dining room table, the traditional finish is nitrocellulose lacquer. If it's a dinette table (for the kitchen), for decades the traditional finish has been conversion varnish. Nowadays you see UV finishes, plural component polyurethanes, acrylic urethanes, and conversion varnish finishes on dinette tables & kitchen chairs. Dining room furniture hasn't changed, it's still nitrocellulose lacquer, unless it's a white, then it would be a non yellowing cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) lacquer.
Poplar is way to soft for a table top