Woodstain, varnish, wood dye...which one

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by mkb, 15 Jun 2008.

  1. mkb

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    Hi all
    Just got some new interior doors ( bare wood..not primed in any way )
    First question do I need to use knotting on the knots as I would do if I was painting them ? Do I stain, or dye, or varnish or a combination and what's the difference in finish and to get the best result do I apply by brush or rub on with a cloth.
    Am looking for a teak kind of finish... not as dark as mahogany but darker than pine. Thanks for your help.
     
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    No...whatever you do DONT use knotting..its only to stop brown stains bleeding through coloured paint.

    As the for the colour...I use oil based wood dye with about 25% oil based varnish added to it, brush it on then wipe with a rag to remove the excess.

    That coat soaks in nicely and allows the grain to lift...gently rub it down with fine grade abrasive paper..(120 grade and upwards)...remember to rub in the same direction as the grain.

    Give the door a oat of clear varnish...light rub down (when its dry obviously) then a final one.

    IMO wood 'stains' like sadolin and sikken are too heavy in colour, leave brushmarks and dont look natural...avoid if poss..
     
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    Cheers Zampa my friend
     
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    Pleasure..
     
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    Because i cant be bothered to type too much.. i agree with Zampa but my own personal opinion would be to add another coat of varnish. the more coats of varnish the deeper the colour will go and look great. :D
     
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