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post #1 of 4 Old 08-13-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on finishing in black...

Hey all,

I built one of those leaning bookcases for my wife a few weeks ago and now her sister wants one but asked if I could paint it black. Painting something you hand make seems weird, dunno. I've just stained everything because it seemed more natural, but that's just...the noob. Anyhow, I was wondering if black lacquer was the way to go or I should just stick with paint.

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The answer to this question is a "depends on". It would depend on what you used as a substrate for the cabinet, and what you want it to look like. For example, if you want a smooth black look, you could use MDF and just paint it.

Or, if you use a woodgrained hardwood plywood and wanted it black, but still have the grain read through just in the virtue of the relief of the grain, you could use a black aniline dye, or a thinned mix of black lacquer, or a black tint in a thinned varnish or thinned oil base polyurethane, or thinned water based polyurethane.

You can also achieve a black finish with a thinned version of an oil base paint.

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Oh boy, being as new as I am (this would be only my 3rd project) I'll have to digest this a bit and do a bit of research to know exactly what all the applications are. Thanks for the reply Cabinetman, as always you're a great resource.

I did plan on using pine probably as it's cheaper and figured there wasn't any real need to use oak or anything pricey due to her wanting it black but I'm wrong more often than not.
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Hey cabinetman
When you say tint in a thined varnish or poly, is that something you get tinted at the store? Or is it tinting you do yourself. I never heard of doing that that I can remember. I am interested in the result of the finish ect.. Can you enlighten me on that?



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