how do I fake a "wenge" finish?

Old 12-27-06, 10:28 PM
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Cool how do I fake a "wenge" finish?

Is it possible to achieve a "wenge" look using a dark stain on unfinished maple? I'm now on my 5th coat of ebony stain and I still am getting a lot of grain and the stain is still quite transparent.
Any suggestions?
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Are you sealing in between the coats of stain? If not, apply a sealer, then hand sand with 400 sand paper, wipe clean with tack rag, apply stain with a sponge brush (wooden handle). A light coat of sealer with allow the stain to cover the grain instead of soaking in. Good Luck
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I'm not familiar with 'wenge' but assume you are trying to get a stain job that is dark and covers most of the grain. Typically it is hard to apply multiple coats of stain, once the wood has obsorbed the 1st coat of stain it is hard for it to obsorb more. Generally a sealer will prevent the wood from obsorbing any more stain.

Apply a coat of sealer/poly as suggested and then use multiple coats of tinted poly. You can either buy ready mixed tinted poly [minwax polyshades] or take some of the pigments from the bottom of the stain can and mix it in with your poly/sealer. Care must be used to apply it evenly. Uneven application will result in uneven stain color

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