Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chosing a Stain Color....Not a Simple Task!

To say that I experimented with color would be an understatement.  I finally chose Modern Mahogany NGR dye stain from Mowhawk. A very nice burgundy-red color.
First step was to condition the mahogany with a wash mixture of 70% lacquer thinner and 30% sanding sealer. This will allow the stain to cover more evenly and allow more working time to wipe off the excess.
Next, apply the NGR (non grain raising) stain in a 50/50 mixture of stain & denatured alcohol. This also allows for more working time and lightens the color just a bit.
Wiping off excess stain. The coverage was very even and I was very happy with the final color.
The final color after sanding sealer applied. Next I will apply grain filler then final gloss lacquer finish.
Here are all the pieces of the piano with stain applied. The darker pieces have sanding sealer applied. Now on to staining the cabinet.

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