dpm99 Posted July 19, 2008 Report Share Posted July 19, 2008 (edited) I've been working on a test piece of mahogany, just playing around, seeing what I can make happen. I sanded with 100 grit, 220, 320, and 400. Then I dyed it black. It didn't get black-black. It just darkened it. So I mixed 1/2 lb. cut shellac with black dye and have gone over it with about five coats now. I'm applying it with a ripped up t-shirt. Between each coat I lightly scuff with 400 grit sandpaper. I noticed that it was coming out very uneven. Then I noticed that if I put shellac on a spot, it seemed to be taking off the shellac beneath it. I think this is because I was waiting only an hour or two between coats, but I read somewhere that was about right. It feels dry almost as soon as I put it on, because of the high alcohol content. If something in there sounds really stupid, please point it out. I seem to be doing something wrong, and I have very little experience with finishing. Thanks, -Dave P.S. If anyone has a good way of making the wood almost completely black without totally losing the grain, I'd be interested to hear about it. Edited July 20, 2008 by dpm99 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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