woodstaining pre finished veneer door

29 May 2010
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hi all, just bought a pre finished door but could not get it in deep mahogany, so had to get it in a oak finish. I want to stain it though with deep mahogany to match my other doors, it is a venneer finish which is smooth. How do i go about staining it, just sand it back to give a key and 2 x coats of ronseal woodstain?

Cheers all
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I do a lot of wood dyeing to get new wood to match old, it is always best to dye the wood first then use clear varnish/ "stain".
This way the shade does not vary with thickness of coats and runs don't show up (Iknow we should not be getting runs!!!)
I mix 2 parts dye to 1 part varnish (solvent based) then thin down to the right shade with white spirit, the varnish is there to "fix" the dye otherwise when you apply the first coat of clear varnish, the dye leaks out and you have a coloured varnish. apply the dye mix liberally then use a cloth to wipe off any excess at the end. allow this to dry o/n before rubbing down and applying the first coat of varnish.
Tip always us a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean after rubbing down, this will remove and particles in the nooks and crannies that a damp cloth would leave behind.

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