02-04-2012 06:05 PM
I am working with Beech for the first time and I just got the specific stain for a frame project for church and put it on straight from the can on a large scrap piece that was sanded down to 220 grit like the frames have been done. It is a darker stain (Varathane "American Walnut #260). It soaked up a lot of stain and looks a bit muddy. So I want to thin it out a bit with mineral spirits as I have done that with oak before with decent results. Since this is a first for me with the Beech, what kind of ratio would be good for this or am I barking up the wrong tree?
Here is the scrap piece stained
Here are 2 of the large 43"x43" frames prior to sanding
02-05-2012 05:54 PM
Allen, I know that Ralph does the 50/50 with stain/spirits and I have had great results with a 50/50 shellac/DNA. I tried the stain method with not as good of results. Just my opinion.