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HHassist

well I started the cabinet, is it supposed to be a gradual darkening? Because right now it's slightly darker than it used to be...but not nearly espresso. PLS. someone tell me this is normal, I really don't want to jump ship, but it doesn't look right. I would really appreciate the guidance from those that have done this before...

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One thing that I did to make the process go a bit faster was that I didn't rub off the stain after each coat. I rubbed on the stain with a rag and made sure that it was evenly distributed and that there were no streaks, and then I just let it dry.

As the colour gets darker, you won't see as big a difference in colour between coats. But, it WILL get darker each time.

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I'll keep plugging along...let everyone knows how it turns out:)

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Anonymous

MamboGirl's right, it took me 7 coats of stain to get the dark brown colour that I wanted.

The directions on the can should indicate how long to wait between coats, and whether or not you need to sand between coats. The stain I used said to wait 2 hours before applying the next coat, and not to sand (Minwax Colour Rich Formula).

So, keep staining!! You'll get the dark colour that you want eventually!!

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Anonymous

I got ebony which is black, they didn't carry onyx. Does onyx look black also? well I'll continue on,it is only the first coat...how long should I wait between coats, any suggestions? And thanks for the help...today while I was at the store I chuckled to myself that there should be a 1-800 # to this forum...I was hmmm-ing & hawing over stain colours & though geez would I love to run it by someone right now LOL!

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Anonymous

it's good to know I'm not alone...funny thing the guy at building bow looked alarmed when he saw the stain colour I had chosen- his exact words were "that's going to make it really dark" NO KIDDING LOL is that what happens when you use ebony stain? Go figure...it was good for a laugh though:)

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Today, my fatherinlaw was just complaining about the same thing. He can't make his work either and now he is thinking of priming and painting the whole thing instead.

Wish I had an answer but maybe visit the minwax website and see if they have any ideas on this problem.

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