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Staining Poplar

I have a Toys & Joys project coming up that I want to stain. it is the 1931 Cadillac Roadster but I am going to increase the size about three fold.

I am inexperienced in using Poplar which is perfect for this project and I have a source here that has pleanty available. The one time I did use it I used a water based stain and it raised the grain more then I would have liked. it worked well on that particular project because it was to match up some kitchen renovation and it blended in very well, splotches and all.

But this new project is hopefully going to be a heirloom for my grand daughter. What type of stain suits poplar.

Here is a photo of the Model and the real deal. I intend to do some add ons as well.

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You might experiment on samples with an oil base stain, or an alcohol based dye, which are not likely to do any grain raising.





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Nicely done on the car!

I like Sherwin Williams pigmented oil stains. Poplar normally stains very well however some of it can be blotchy so I would use a wood conditioner prior to staining it. Its better to use the wood conditioner than find out the hard way you have a board that will turn blotchy. The carving alone will also make for inconsistent texture of the wood when you go to stain it.

As far as the color I like the natural color it is.
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Great job on the model. I'm sure your granddaughter will keep it as invaluable piece of art that her grandfather hand crafteded just for her.

As for stains. I'm no expert by no means but recently stained some hand rails and noulett posts that were made of poplar. I use minwax stain and applied 3 heavy coats (trying to darken it to match the oak stairs) and I had no problems with grains raising. I then applied a clear coat for durability and high gloss finnish.

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Great job on the model. I'm sure your granddaughter will keep it as invaluable piece of art that her grandfather hand crafteded just for her.

As for stains. I'm no expert by no means but recently stained some hand rails and noulett posts that were made of poplar. I use minwax stain and applied 3 heavy coats (trying to darken it to match the oak stairs) and I had no problems with grains raising. I then applied a clear coat for durability and high gloss finnish.

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