Old Masters Wipe On Stain
Applying a finish on a woodworking project can be a challenge. Particularly when the finish involves a stain. Depending on the type of stain, and the species of wood, a even color can be elusive. A seemingly simple objective, a even finish, is not always easy to attain. A good finish can make a bad project look great, and a bad finish can turn a great project into a disaster.
It is possible to get great results on almost any type of wood by using combinations of stains and other products. Knowing what combinations produce a desired effect is a mysterious art. I like to keep thinks simple. My finishing room is my garage, the same garage that I use as my workshop. It is very important to me to make finishing as simple and fool proof as possible.
Pigments and Dyes
Coloring products for wood can be generally classified as pigments
or dyes. Dyes will penetrate the
wood, while pigments color the surface. Most commercial stains use one
or the other in a given product. Experienced finishers (not me) can mix
and match products to achieve a specific
quality of finish. I do not know if there is some arcane formula that
is referenced, or if someone with a lot of time on their hands trys a
bunch of whacky combinations.
My experience is limited to following the instructions of someone with more experience, or in this case, trying a bunch of products until I found one that worked. I discovered Old Masters while trying to achieve a certain color on a Cherry project. I bought a variety of stains and tested them on samples until I found one that worked. I ended up settling on Old Masters Wipe On Stain in a cedar color. It gave me just the color I was looking for, with a simple application.
- Even Color
- It is very easy to give Cherry
to a blotchy finish when applying
a stain. Old Masters Wipe on Stain produced a very even color on my
project. I have even achieved good results on Alder, another
is difficult to stain.
- Ease of Use
- This product is simple to use.
- Consistent Results
- I like to know that each time I use the stain I get the exact