Hello everybody, a couple of weeks ago, I posted to this forum about changing the wood colour of my dining chairs. I thank everybody for their advice and since then have attempted to strip, sand, stain and varnish a chair.
I am feeling huge disappointment at the result. The stripping was a chore but acceptable. Sanding was easy. To my amazement, the chair legs, once bare, were actually made of some sort of hardwood. I tried the staining and putting on first coat of polyurethane today - the experience and the results were not good. :hairpull:
I went to a local store that was highly recommended for finishings and such, it is called Mohawk. It is in Vancouver, if there are folks from the Lower Mainland on this forum. I got a stain called appropriately enough, chocostain. Like it's name, it is a chocolate coloured stain. I spent over 3 hours this afternoon staining the legs of 1 chair. I got uneven coverage and the colour looked more black than dark brown. I put on a light polyurethane coat, with the intention of lightly sanding and then putting on another coat. However, the first coat I put on was blotchy and little bits of the sponge applicator I was using ended up on the chairs. :eek:
I don't have the heart or the energy to fix this particular chair, but I am convinced I can do a better job on the next 5 chairs.
Here are some questions I hope you can help me with:
1) Do you think I should use a wood conditioner to make the stain come out more evenly? If so, what would you recommend?
2) The wood stain I am using is oil-based. Will the aniline dye (dark walnut) from Lee Valley Tools make staining easier?
3) I put on a thick first layer of stain and let it stay on for 15 minutes. The stain dried before I could wipe it down so I ended up using some paint thinner - this resulted in most of the stain coming off. What is the appropriate time to wait before wiping off the stain? and how do I build up the colour without ruining the underlying stain layers? I was using an old rag to wipe down the stain - is there a special staining rag I should be using? type of fabric that is better for staining, etc?
4) How do I put on a poly coat that is smooth and without little bits of stuff on it? I stumbled on a post by another forum member, in which she restained a table and the finish looks gorgeous! How do I do this? Should I change my technique? or the tools I am using (currently a foam applicator)? Should I use spray poly for the second and final coat?
For reference, here is a link to the topic. [url]http://forums.houseandhome.com/showthread.php?t=7389&highlight=aniline+dye&f=10[/url]
Thanks in advance for everybody's help!