05:45PM | 04/12/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
116 lifetime posts
I need to stain a project extra dark without going black. I have tried minwax ebony, dark walnut, and a walnut jel stain. The color is about right until I wipe off the excess stain. then it becomes too light. I am using oak wood. help please.


02:34AM | 04/13/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
Hi.......what you need to try is called an NGR (non-grain raising) stain. They are alcohol based - and are very strong. You can obtain deep dark colors with them.

Having said that - I have not seen an NGR for years and years.

You will have to try a paint store (those on this site who love "paint stores" will love hearing me recommend!)

SW would likely have one (they used to) - you could also try a furniture re-finishing shop. NGRs are very common in commercial cabinetry.

Good luck with will love the results!

Mr. Paint


04:06PM | 04/13/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You may want to try McCloskey Gel Stain as I have seen it go very dark. You will have to experiment with how long to leave it on to get the desired results.


03:52PM | 04/14/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
I have left the stain on without wiping it and achieved good results. It just takes longer to dry: sometimes weeks to eliminate any "tacky" feeling. (I did it on ceiling beams, so the extended dry time was not a problem for me.)
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