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Table refinish

9/9/15       
Mike Member

We are refinishing a conference table for a friend ,it is wood veneer,we sanded it down to bare wood and started with a stain that matched our sample perfectly,we have put on 4 coats but the top still is not dark enough,what can we do to get this top darker?

9/9/15       #2: Table refinish ...
Paul Snyder  Member

Mike - What kind of work do you do to earn a living and how did you get stuck with this job?

9/9/15       #3: Table refinish ...
rich c.

You are going to have to give us more information than that. Wood species, what product are you using now, what experience you have with finishing.

9/9/15       #4: Table refinish ...
Leo G

Toner coat

9/10/15       #5: Table refinish ...
RobertJ

4 Coats of "what"? Stain or Finish?

Doubt you can add an additional coat of any professional lacquer, other than nitro-cellulose without exceeding mil thickness.

As one said, what type of business are you in? I would hesitate to say wood refinishing.

9/10/15       #6: Table refinish ...
mike

We do office furniture,this is a inhouse project,an old maple veneer conference table.We put on coats of stainmaster stain that was mixed to match our sample,the legs which are made the same as the table, maple veneer over particle board, stained to an almost perfect match.The table looks great it just will not get any darker,and no we are not wood refinishers or claim to be,we never do anything more than touch up,we just decided that instead of throwing this old table out we would try and make it useful again for us.Thanks for all the responses and sorry if im not as well versed in finishing,,

9/10/15       #7: Table refinish ...
Howard Member

Mike - how does the color look if you wiped some naptha over it to get an idea of the "wet look" since this will be darker. Have you thought about going over with a darker NGR stain? Another idea is to seal the stain, use a glazing stain, and then seal again. Then topcoat.

9/11/15       #8: Table refinish ...
Bart

Did you allow the stain to completely dry? My best guess is the veneer is much thinner than original after sanding to bare wood and it won't take as much stain. Veneers are usually a bit lighter than solid wood. I see this all the time with plywood veneered panels on doors. You could tone it as mentioned but if you're not good it can get ugly pretty quick. If it was mine I would seal , sand and scotchbrite it then hit with some dye, spray and wipe style , seal check color and repeat if necessary.

good luck

9/11/15       #9: Table refinish ...
Paul Snyder  Member

Hey Mike - I was checking to see if you were a hobbyist or a pro - it's not always easy to tell from the question. Not having a lot of finishing experience isn't a big deal; we're here to help each other.

I did a quick search on google to see what kind of stain you're using (Stainmaster) but didn't find any information. I'll guess it's an oil-base stain since you were able to apply multiple coats and build it up to make the color darker. See if you can find a link to the stain you’re using so we can see exactly what it is – maybe it has a different brand name? Who makes it and where did you get it?

What type of clear coat finish are you using and how are you applying it? Along with the properties of the stain you’re using, that will dictate the options you have. Again, provide specific product information for the clear finish product(s) you’ll use.

 

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