I would like to know exactly what steps @sanvito
took, in what order, to achieve those beautiful finishes. They really do "pop."
Step 1: After outdoor sanding, and light water spray to deal with grain raising, Grab the remote, and find a good movie on the TV.
2: place the board on your coffee table and add General Finishes Dye Stain
. I mixed Org/Br/Red. no sanding.
3: Add thin coat of dewax shellac.
4: find a new movie
5: 1 thin coat with foam brush of GF High Performance Gloss
, then 2 heavier coats with scuff sanding every 2 hours each.
I opted out of filling the grain as the coats filled it in about halfway. But now I worry about dust getting into the grains over time, and dulling the finish. I will try Timbermate
next time, but not sure how that plays with GF Dye Stain.
That WB dye is amazing on African Mahogany
. I'm planning on more projects with more color choices. My walnut projects come out bland using just Oil finishes. I plan to add a thin coat of yellow dye next time.
The HP Gloss is not too shiny at all. However, Arm R Seal Gloss is way too glossy.