CaptFerd

Popping Maple with water base only

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I see a lot of techniques that use different oils, oil based stains, shellac and stuff like that but not to much about popping Maple with waterbased stains and dyes from beginning to end. Like to hear how anyones doing it to get results as good as or better than oil based products.

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This project was done completely with water based dye stain and shellac.

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This project was done completely with water based dye stain and shellac.

Pretty table. Did you do any thing to pop the grain or did it just turn out like that?

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Yes I first mixed med brown dye stain from the can with 50/50 store bought shellac and alchohol mix and sprayed the entire table both the seal coat and darken the figure I went with 4 coats and the table was dark. Then sanded back to where the darker stained areas were left but not all the way down to bare wood to maintain the seal coat. Then applied light brown dye stain straight from can wiping off excess. polished with shellac for a top coat wet sanded that with 1000, brought that back to a shine with rubbing compound and finshed off with dark brown wax.

I did not raise the grain first the sprayed shellac took care of it.

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