I've got four built-ins installed and the client hates the color. (Me too, but I didn't pick the stain - Minwax Colonial Maple.) Technically, my butt is covered because the client was adamant about the stain and turned down any additional samples. However, I wonder if there might be some fix. The current finish is Minwax stain topcoated with SW pre-cat lacquer. Is it feasible to spray a tinted (brownish?) lacquer over this that would subdue the bright orange?
From contributor B:
Is that the only trouble or complaint about the stain finish? The orange look? Blue neutralizes orange, so try a bluish tint vs. the brown to start with. Just a little to start with... don't overdo the application of blue. Best to duplicate on sample if not comfortable with on actual piece. Is the customer satisfied with stain application with the Minwax? Make a toner with vinyl sealer about 4 oz. lacquer thinner with 16 oz. colorant, about 1/2 oz to start with. Try to neutralize the orange with the blue. Then maybe the brown on top if needed with same toner mix.
Some may not agree with this method and may have better ideas. As I said, best to try to duplicate sample first. And, of course, after the toner, then topcoat again for final look.