STAIN my favorite - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 Old 01-21-2008, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 7
View cigar364's Photo Album My Photos
STAIN my favorite

I've been around finishing most of my life (35 years in const) and had some sort of shop for 10 years. I retired 5 years ago and set up hobby work shop in a old tac room in barn. I saw and asked questions on every finish I ever saw that were new to me. But!! now that I'm building some furniture pieces the finishing work is harder than it looked when pros even in cabinet shops made it look!! I had some old beverlys stain around and started finishing a piece and whoops I ran out ! After research found that it's now ULG's ZAR brand. I brought a can home and low and behold it was a perfect match to antique can I'd been using! I love this stuff as I can sand OAK to 320 !! and rub this stuff on and even out until I get just the look I want (number of coats varies). I've used most of brands comsumers can get hands on and only one comes close to ease of use is Pratt & Lambert stain. I've seen some furniture mfg's and they use coatings made just for them just as car mfg's do.
cigar364 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 01-24-2008, 08:20 AM
Old School
cabinetman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,027
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos
You really lucked out. Usually with stains stored for lengths of time, some solvent evaporates and the recipe will change. For those that do a lot of staining and finishing, favorites play into their choice with particular brands and types. Even with experience, testing on samples can save the day. The testing shouldn't just be limited to the coloring, but whatever topcoat will be used. When dry the color will look different.

There's been times when I've done special mixes for a project that can vary wildly with changes to the variables of the mix. Using cooking measuring spoons to get exact mix ratios allows the ultimate mix to match the test mix. This is helpful when that stored jar of the "perfect" stain is no good, or not available.

cabinetman is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My favorite Jokes Hubert Off Topic 149 05-24-2014 11:06 PM
Cabot Stain vs Olympic Stain hgiljr Wood Finishing 4 10-15-2010 01:57 PM
What is your favorite wood ? Daren General Woodworking Discussion 24 06-30-2008 09:29 AM
Your favorite sandpaper Ken Johnson General Woodworking Discussion 10 02-24-2008 08:42 AM
Favorite Jigs? dwwright Design & Plans 11 07-17-2007 12:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome