I am pretty new to the craft; just wondering what stain is best for birch plywood. And also why whitewashing/pickling is not good for birch. Thanks to all.
if you do a lot of ply wood staining watch this video, with charles neil, i use this all the time when i am staining .Thanks Steve, I was wondering why birch was not a good candidate for pickling. Do you have any suggestions for a stain on the darker side (preferably none with red hues) for birch? And what brand of pre-conditioner or toner do you suggest? Thanks again.
I haven't used this formula yet, but it might be similar to what Charles is selling:if you do a lot of ply wood staining watch this video, with charles neil, i use this all the time when i am staining . Blotch Control: CN's Pre-Color Conditioner - YouTube
I tried it on birch. It comes out on the pink side. I wanted white. So I didn't use the pickling. It looked great too.AlexVonSock said:Thanks to all who have written a response to my unknowing of staining and what it entails. I watched the video with Charles Neil and will most likely be purchasing some of the blotch control. It was pretty obvious that the product works and it is better than having to buy two different things (pre-conditioner and toner). However, I would really like to see the process of pickling/whitewashing on birch plywood specifically rather than the other stains used. Surely there is a video somewhere to show such. Lastly, I am in Moore, Oklahoma; where can I purchase the CN's Blotch Control around this area? Thanks again for every response, my knowledge is growing.
+1 on the waiting for the galze to dry completely prior to applying Endurovar. I allowed 4 hours for a waterbased glaze coat to dry and when I sprayed on the Endurovar the glaze reliquified and ran down the face of the wood....not pretty. Next time I'll allow 24 hours to make sure the glaze is good and dried out..Alex,
You pretty much got it, just apply the blotch control wet, wipe it off after 2 min or so, let dry then do a light scuff sand and apply a second coat, however if you are using a oil or gel stain be sure to test as often one coat is all you need with oil based stains, it depends entirely on the wood.
the glaze thing does really help to even and enrich the color, just as you have described, just be sure to let the glaze dry well, especially if used under a oil modified finish, such as General Finishes Endurovar or Minwax Oil modified urethane.
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