Pigment

Basic materials needed for staining.

Basic materials needed for staining.

Varathane, Early American.

Varathane, Early American.

Tonight was a true test of whether or not I sanded enough or should have sanded and kept on sanding. It was time to stain. There is a reason its called stain and not temporary color pigment. Once this stuff is on, its not coming off, unless you want to spend another 12 hours sanding it off. To stain the captains chair I decided on using Varathane’s Early American, its a cross between light walnut and coffee. I applied the stain with 2 simple cotton applicators, one to apply and rub in the stain and the other to wipe off the excess while polishing the stain into the grain. When doing this I suggest working quick and to use as little stain as possible. The idea is that using less stain allows you to control how dark later on you want the piece to be, then by applying additional coats until you achieve your desired tint. I also suggest working fast, so apply stain to one section at a time and wipe off excess after applying. This chair only took 1 hr, also your going to be overlapping on certain sections, so in order to keep the color consistent you have to work quickly. I will be leaving this coat to cure to the wood for about 72 hours before I apply a second coat. There is no reason for this other than it allows the stain to really settle in the grain. Once I’m done staining the wood, its going to be the fun part, painting and putting a patina finish with a crackle effect, but I’m not 100% on that yet.

Coat #1.

Coat #1.

Coat #1.

Coat #1.

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