Using tinted polyurethane

Old 04-11-17, 08:02 PM
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Using tinted polyurethane

I stripped, sanded and stained an oak coffee table and matching sofa table. I used a dark ebony stain and was a little disappointed because it didn't come out as dark as I was hoping. Also, there are a couple sections where the stain didn't absorb as well the rest. I was thinking of using a tinted poly to darken the final color and also hopefully blend and mask the area where the stain didn't absorb as well. Will the tinted poly work? Any better suggestions?
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Welcome to the forums Janey!

Tinted poly can be tricky to apply, even more so if the wood doesn't have any poly on it. Generally when the desired color can't be achieved by stain alone, I'll apply the first coat of poly, sand and remove the dust, then apply the tinted poly. The final coat should be clear poly to protect the color coat from wear.

Often the area that doesn't look right after staining will be ok once it has poly or varnish applied.
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I'll add that you can apply more stain which may give you deeper color, and by leaving the stain on the lighter areas longer, and wiping off more gently in those areas, you can even it out better.
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I'm not sure more stain is the answer, as stain works partially by soaking into the wood and now that there is a coat of stain, it's somewhat sealed and the next coat won't be able to get absorbed. Not saying don't try it but don't expect a miracle.
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The biggest issue with applying multiple coats of stain is it not drying thoroughly. As mentioned those types of stains dry more from absorption than chemically. It isn't uncommon for the poly to rewet the stain allowing the brush to move the stain around as you apply the poly.

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