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Re: Staining tiger maple cabinet

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 7/10/5 23:52

In Response To: Re: Staining tiger maple cabinet (bernie)

TransTints are dyes that excell in finishing. They can be mixed with virtually anything for any purpose...if you do ANY finish work on a regular basis you need to have some of these in your arsenal- www.homesteadfinishing.com for info and ordering of TransTints as well as dewaxed and shellacs of many types.Dewaxed shellacs have better clarity than normal shellacs which contain a natural wax. Most importantly, dewaxed shellac is a superior undercoating/sealer as other film finishes will stick to it far better, be it waterborne, lacquers, even varnishes and paints. Most people start out knowing only hardware store bought Orange shellac with wax in it. Waxed shellac does sand easier, but thats the only redeeming character, really of the wax contained in it...once you discover all the shellacs available and work with them, you WILL reconsider your opnion of this wonder finish, especially if you restore Antiques. Also visit www.shellac.net. Polyurethane Varnishes get a bad rap for a few reasons, many people have commited many refinishing sins wth cheap, gloss polyurethanes, but the more modern finishes are very high quality blends, formulated specifically for furniture and woodwork, are not as brittle, plasticky looking, and even touch up and restore/recoat better...certainly if you are restoring a fine Antique, do not use it on that (or precat lacquer either..).You should use the proper, historically accurate finish on something like that, usually shellacs. Most modern name brand poly's are modified Alkyd varnishes, and behave, protect and finish like them.I finish almost exclusively with a brush or pad so I use alot of Varnishes, traditional Alkyd, Tung, and modified....and a lot of shellac as I restore antiques as well. I keep 4-5 types of shellac flakes on hand at all times...Super Blonde, Orange, Garnet, Button Lac, are the most common I use...all dewaxed... and more than that number of varnishes.- Regards

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