Post by magnumwheelman on Nov 16, 2021 12:03:49 GMT -5
I'm working on a shotgun, refinishing the stock, & I'm trying to match another gun, that has very dark Brazilian Walnut (it's like the color of chocolate)
I stripped / sanded the stock, & the base wood appears to be walnut, but is lots lighter... I bought a small can of the darkest brown oil stain ( not stain finish mixed ) I could get... if I "paint" the stain on, it matches the color of the other stock, but I can't get the wood to absorb enough to match that color, after wiping off the excess... at 3 coats it's looking "painted" & still too light... so I'm probably going to strip it again...
I don't pick up any "black" in the stock I'm trying to match... but I'm thinking about stripping the stock again, & applying a coat of black stain, & wiping it pretty quickly, then letting it dry a little, then give it a 2nd coat of the dark brown...
any other suggestions on how to get these stocks to match???
Post by potatojudge on Nov 16, 2021 12:36:10 GMT -5
Some woods just don't take up traditional stain like you want.
I'd try a gel stain and see if your stock likes that better. Sometimes gel stains take well over another stain, sometimes stripping the old stain is necessary (and is a huge pain). I think this is your best bet.
I think a black undercoat would likely look muddy and irregular rather than darkening the piece as you hope.
I have some of the Watco Black Walnut as well, my experience with it is that there's not really much difference than the Dark. If you're wanting an almost black/brown color with less coats, that may be the way to go. Those samples look to be on Oak, so keep in mind Walnut will be much darker in comparison once stained & also continues to darken with age.
I use Watco almost exclusively on most of my projects & highly recommend it. One of the things that I frequently use it for is refinishing European Walnut on Italian replica grips & stocks to get rid of that hideous too red varnish they slather all over their wood, and once stripped bare, European & Peruvian Walnuts tends to be lighter colored with a much tighter grain that takes more stain to darken than North American Walnut does.
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2021 15:55:56 GMT -5 by bullseye
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