red stain/dye + glazing on cabinets help


Old 10-10-12, 09:58 AM
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red stain/dye + glazing on cabinets help

Hi, I've been sanding down all exterior faces of my cabinets because not only were they extremely dirty from when I bought the house but they were an ugly yellowish color (discoloration of polyurethane maybe?). Anyways, they're sanding down really nice and I think they're just cheap oak cabinets, nothing fancy.

I want to stain them a medium wine red so you can still see the wood grain, hopefully it pops/stands out a little, and do a burgundy to dark burgundy glazing in corners/edges of the faces and doors/drawers as they've been beat up a bit.

I'm looking for recommendations on stain vs. dye, water vs. oil, etc...

I found Keda Wood Dyes which can make some brilliant color combinations and really lets you control the exact color. I've used minwax in the past for furniture type stuff but I want to use a high quality product that produces great results.

What about prep work if I use dyes (or even stains)? So far I've cleaned it with spirits, sanded it and now what? Bleach it? Use more spirits and then a tack cloth to remove all residuals, dye it then seal it?

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Old 10-10-12, 11:03 AM
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Are you sure you sanded down to raw wood? It can be difficult to completely remove the old finish by sanding alone - chemical stripping followed by sanding usually works best. Stain requires raw wood to be effective, any finish left on the wood will prevent the stain from be absorbed. You shouldn't need to use any type of bleach.

I've never used any dyes although it's my understanding that a lot of cabinet shops use them.
Old 10-12-12, 09:24 AM
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Yes I've sanded down to the wood, I've removed A LOT of material off the surface using 40grit and hand sander.

The cabinets are easy to sand, the doors... well the doors are another beast with their angles and corners.

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