Can you recomend a mix and where to get the dye? July 16, 2012. Upon applicaton of the second coat of stain, blotches appeared on a few of the doors fronts and some of the cabinet face frames. How were the cabinets prepped and exactly what stain was used? I want to go as dark as I can but still be able to see the grain. I don’t like the limelight lol. We have factory finished very very dark maple hardwood floors. However, there are millions of products and services on the web, and I only promote those products or services that I would use personally. I would fill the dent first, sand flush, then hit the surface with your conditioner followed by the stain. Preparing the maple for stain is easy, finish sand down to 400 grit going with the grain of the wood as you sand. Would really appreciate it if you can provide some pointers. The strings that can be given directly to a plotting command are those from the "HTML" color palette. Apply your next color. Should I use a controler before staining the cabinet. Praline on White Maple. It does indeed dry clear but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring a color hue with it. My question is in regards to finding a gel stain that matches the gunstock colour by Minwax. is that correct? The only way you can really hide them is to cover them up with paint. I actually just got back from Rockler and I picked up the Bullseye schellac and a “Brown Mahogany” Transtint along with some GF Java Gel Stain. My husband also did some detail work above the cabinets in maple as well. I don’t want each of these areas to stand out, and I want a more uniform color. Unfortunately the cheap/particular customers are usually the source of great referral business… a necessary evil I suppose LOL. Obviously lesson learned on looking big picture and not just immediate piece to piece but in the meantime, is there any finish method or material that will sort of even these out? Can you please tell me what steps I should take to stain these cabinets. Since you paid good money for this thing, I really think it is the contractor’s responsibility to get someone in there that knows what they are doing. Always test stain on a hidden area to verify desired color. thanks. Will the wood eventually, after say so many coats start to darken or is that attempt completely futile? Hi, my husband built a maple cabinet with maple veneer plywood and maple doors. The once white countertops are now very random shades ranging from close to white thru orange all the way down to a greenish brown. Now we really need to fix it. Would you recommend a gel stain or an alcohol based one? Instead, try General Finishes Gel Stain (Java). From what I have been reading on this website, I think the solution to staining my birch/ poplar cabinet in a dark walnut color is to spray a fast drying dye on it. I want to use a cinnamon or pecan color for my maple hardwood. And keep in mind you can add many coats to arrive at the color you desire. Thanks for the feedback.The headboard is large and has been pieced together with small headless nails and dowels. That way you don’t have to buy a bunch of cans of stain you’ll never use. Will the General Finishes Gel Stain in Java help me achieve my goal as well or have I royally screwed the pooch here? Took a sample of the wood and they gave me a sample which looked good. Ask them if they can test a few gel stain samples on your test board for you. I am not familiar with that particular stain. I did try an alcohol solution and I think that is what cause that “80’s guitar” look I was describing. I would probably start by using some Charles Neil blotch control, followed by a dark brown dye, and finishing up with General Finishes Java gel stain. By thinning it down with ethanol, you can bring it down to a 2 lb or a 1 lb cut. You should do a video segment on this (getting maple to an esspresso color). What I would recommend is using shellac as your sealer, instead of a commercial “conditioner”. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bru...../202700081 It is hard to find a color because all the samples I see online and in the store are usually on oak. I agree with the sage advice that you gave Darin. Your detailed instructions would be greatly appreciated. Once it cures, just topcoat with your finish of choice and you’ll be good to go. What I would recommend though is getting a few scrap pieces of maple and testing out your finishing method first. I find that little bit of lacquer helps lock down the color. The color is so different on maple. The gel stain however, went on much more evenly, and I found it to be very forgiving. But I am not the cabinet guy so I cant tell you exactly for sure all the steps taken during preperation.sorry. After the fifth attempt I was able to get most of the clear gloss coat off, however my sanding techniques left scribble-like indentations all over the wood, the stain only enhanced these horrible blotches. I’d appreciate your advice. Royal Cherry on White Maple. Should I then use a GF water-based or oil-based gel stain? What can I do now, after applying that first coat (used sponge brush and wiped it off) to get rid of this blotchy look? Hi Susan. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh. Hi, we are working on maple cabinets and had some of the same issues already discussed. We are remodeling out bathroom and we requested maple for the cabinets. These color block photos should be used as a guide only. If you have a sample piece of maple your local paint store will most likely create some samples of 2-3 colors. Marcs suggestion of a commercial “ conditioner ” american foursquare with wood filler letter and the difference was dramatic how! 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