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Using a tinted sealer removes the ability to adjust your color. Starting with Maple, you may want to use a conditioner to help minimize blotching, and then a dye stain, or an oil base stain, and then a top coat. Shortcutting leaves you no options. Once the sealer is applied, any further colorization will be hindered.

Using a dye after a conditioner, you can increase the intensity if necessary. Make samples with taking your samples out to the final finish. Topcoating will give the finish a different appearance, than just judging from when it's just stained. Make notes on the samples of what ratios were used, or any mix info. You can do some toning by adding a tint to the topcoat (film finish spray), if necessary. That's used to create some uniformity in the finish.

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