Colouring lacquered wood

30 May 2004
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United Kingdom
I have a bedside table made of slatted lacquered walnut. I would like to darken the colour to match other bedroom furniture, without the additional patterns that are created with coloured varnishes.

So far I have tried the following with poor results:
Liberon Black Polish - too dark
Ronseal Rich Mahogany Coloured Varnish - brush strokes visible
Masterstroke Dark Mahogany Coloured Varnish - brush strokes visible
Polyvine Walnut Wax Finish Coloured Varnish - brush strokes visible
Peugeot Cafe Noir car spray - good colour when thin but uneven finish

I am thinking of trying Garnet Polish or, as a last resort stripping the lacquer & trying to stain. In the past I have found stain does not like previously finished wood & the slats would be a big problem.

Any Suggestions? Is there anything I could dip the pieces into (it does dismantle), I have heard caustic soda discolours wood finishes? Could I use heat?

Has anybody used the spray version of this product?

..or could advise me on garnet polish?


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