10:10AM | 02/03/04
Member Since: 09/07/03
5 lifetime posts
I am trying to stain a pine desktop a "black" color, I don't want to paint it, I am looking for that "darkest brown or black color" that I have seen on other furniture. I have tried a couple of oil based stains and none are working. Does anyone have any recommendations. Maybe a Gel-Stain, or a wipe on stain?

Thanks in advance,


04:56PM | 02/03/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Yes a gel stain will work or also are you getting a premade color or a custom color,you can only get a very dark stain by getting it customed colored to your liking.


02:36PM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 12/26/01
10 lifetime posts
I've actually had quite a bit of luck with Minwax water based stain in black.
What I've found work the best for me is to stain it once - wipe it off and let it dry, and then go over the surface again, this time with a foam pad and using quite alot of stain. Go over the area again with a clean foam brush to remove the excess in long stokes, and some of the color of the wood will emerge (looks quite nice).
Please note the above post about my polyurethane disaster. You don't want this to happen.


01:00AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I would go with an oil based gel stain as from what I have seen the water based stains look to much like paint.


05:28PM | 02/09/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
i have descoverd that water- based stains dry so fast that they dont penatrate as much and tend to look more splotchy. you cant get bright colors in oil so if you want a bright color use a latex pre stain to help with a uniform coat. the best jeld stain i have used was made by wood kote. jeld stain is less messy. i am not a fan of minwax but i dont want to bash products if it works for you and you like good for you.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon