I'm re-finishing a drum
Well, like the title says I'm going to be re-finishing a maple drum. So I got a ton of questions because I've never done any kind of wood work.
So my first question: I have to sand off lacquer and I wanted to know what grit of sand paper do I need? As in one grit to get the paint of quickly and a finishing grit to get the wood smoothed out.
Second question: I've been reading a lot and I found that maple will most likely need a conditioner. Is there any conditioner that is better than others? I've also heard that you can use shellac thinned out. Is one better than the other?
Third question: I'm guessing I'm going to be using a water based stain since it seems to be the easiest to work with. But I was wondering if I should use oil instead and what's the pros and cons between the two? I'm going for a nice emerald green.
Fourth question: should I sand between every stain?
Fifth question: should I use a black stain base and sand that down before I put the green on? That's more me wondering if the black would bring out the grain.
Sixth question: what would get me the highest shine? I had people to strictly stay away from polyurethane but given no reason why. Does it end up turning color like to a yellow?
Hope you pros can help me out because I want to start this on Sunday. All comments and questions for me are more than welcome.