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post #1 of 3 Old 08-27-2014, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Need finishing advice on large project.

I am new to this site and not a guru when it comes to forums.
I have been doing woodworking for a while. I am a creature of habit and very rarely stray from my Sherwin Williams stain with lacquer top coat. My next project that I will be working on is a complete remodel of a high end office. Coffered ceiling, panel walls (floor to ceiling), built in bookcase. I have one week to turn this office around, so all my materials have to be finished before I start the build. This will all be done in walnut, about 500 board ft. and 25 sheets of mdf core veneered plywood. A little ambitious I agree but I can't wait to get started. I'm looking for a deep rich color and think about transtint dyes with lacquer top coat. Does anybody have suggestions on this. Is there an easier way to get the color I'm looking for. I will thank you in advance for any advise at all. Thanks.
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If you can get the color you want with transtint dyes it should work fine for you. If not you might try Ultra Penetrating Stain from Mohawk Finishing Products. They have more of a selection of colors. Spraying dyes is tricky. You have to spray a uniform coat and don't pay attention to what it looks like. It dries so fast it looks like nothing and if you go back and spray some more it will be too much.

When doing a large job to keep the color uniform make a sample of just the stain and another sample with the stain with sealer and another sample with the complete finish so each step along the way you have a reference to the color and appearance. Occasionally you might need to suppliment the color. With the Ultra Penetrating Stain you can spray a light coat over sealed wood before topcoating if it needs more color. It can also be added to your lacquer. I've worked on jobs were we did the millwork for airport terminals and had millwork shipped out of the shop every day over many weeks and kept the color uniform using samples.
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Do you use any of the Sherwin Williams U-dye concentrates or do you use just use the S64 wipe stain versions??
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