Originally Posted by Sorrowful Jones
Thanks for the good info. Would this work on other woods like African mahogany or walnut?
I've not used any mahogany but in general, I've found this process works for anything I've used.
I usually break the finishes into categories by their respective solvents.
1) Alcohol based - Shellac, some dyes
2) Oil based - Linseed oil (and others with "oil" in the name), oil based poly, useful solvents with these are mineral spirits & naphtha (lacquer thinner, too, but use with care) oil based stains & dyes
3) Water based - water based polyurethane, water based stains & dyes
4) hybrids mixes of several products. The most common, I think, is BLO, poly, & mineral spirits (or turpentine for a slowed drying time or naphtha for a faster one) These work well as long as the solvent base is the same.
In general you can use these different based products over/under one another IF
the previous product has fully cured/dried before laying down the next one.