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Rick Palechuk
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Re: Cabinet Finish

Postby Rick Palechuk » Tue, Sep 15 2009, 7:58AM

Gary, the method that your Rep is talking about works very well. One of the tricks we have found is to layout all the doors, fronts, frames and parts in there order so the shading will be uniform. Nothing bites harder than having two doors side by side that are a different shade. :(

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Kerry Fullington
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Re: Cabinet Finish

Postby Kerry Fullington » Tue, Sep 15 2009, 8:14AM


Alder is fun to stain because it takes the stain so well but is terrible about blotching.


That is great advice. When I use dyes it is real hard to keep consistent. (maybe if I finished more than once every six months)


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Re: Cabinet Finish

Postby Alan Odell » Wed, Sep 16 2009, 4:15PM

I use zar stain it does a pretty good job on alder. Its not a gel stain but it thicker than just a standard oil stain. Been playing around with the maple and just cant get the darker colors to go. Not sure I want to get into sparying stain too although Wally's job looks great. Get enough hassle sparying laquer. One more reason to go to water although it is just as bad I am sure.

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Re: Cabinet Finish

Postby Mike Snodgrass » Mon, Sep 21 2009, 2:33PM

We use a lot of ML Campbell primer, opaques and clear top coats.
My wife has used the stains at their seminars, but we don't use them as a rule. However, we do really like their primer for mdf and clears for wood drawers.

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