Michael Dresdner

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Dye another day

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Q: I am about to start staining and finishing my new maple kitchen cabinets. I decided to use a dye stain. On my sample pieces I applied a wood conditioner then lightly sanded, then applied the stain to the color I wanted. A: Dyes work best on raw wood. Wood conditioners work by inhibiting stain [...]

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Conditioner and deep color

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Q: I understand that using a pretreatment while staining maple and other woods prone to blotch will reduce the blotchiness, but you end up with a lighter colour. How do you reduce the blotchiness and keep the same colour that you started with? A: There are two ways; either start with a darker color in [...]

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The conditioner mystery unravelled

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Q: I have a copy of your New Wood Finishing Book, but wood conditioner isn’t mentioned in the sealer and primer section. A: That’s because it is not sealer or primer. Wood conditioner is colorless stain, and is therefore mentioned in the stain section. Wood conditioner has all the other components of stain (solvent and [...]

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