Staining and matching cane
Wed May 8, 2013 11:12pm

Find and try Old Masters Wiping stain in Early American or Golden Oak. I don't wipe it but use a brush. Usually takes just one but sometimes 2 coats for a perfect match. I've used it successfully for years. I've never had a customer complaint about matching. It usually takes 2 days to dry depending on humidity. It will solve your problem and frustration because it is not thin.
David W. Dick

  • Re: Staining and matching cane scwaspb, Tue May 7 3:58pm
    We use MinWax as well and having the same problems with getting the color dark enough even after 2-3 applications. So we played with mixture of stain/lacquer/thinner and can usually match the colors... more
    • Staining and matching cane trees4277, Wed May 8 11:12pm
      • staining and matching cane JIm Widess, Thu May 9 12:42pm
        Since I believe that the underside of cane seats should remain completely unsealed I use aerosols. I don't refinish furniture so I have no need to mix colors and use a spray gun. Instead, I use... more
        • Staining and matching cane trees4277, Sat May 11 11:45am
          After reading all the posts and reflecting on my past experience with lacquer, I'm more convinced than ever that "Friends don't let friends use lacquer on cane". Let me explain. I've caned and... more
          • staining and matching cane JIm Widess, Sat May 11 1:44pm
            Hi David. I maintain that the reason that those lacquer stained backs you described were so brittle because a heavy coat of lacquer was applied to the back of the cane and sealed up all the pores. I... more
            • staining and matching cane littlejackhorners, Sun May 12 7:59am
              I agree with Jim and use a similar method. We often need to color cane panels to match other chairs in a set. We use oil stains to start the coloring and follow with aerosol lacquer toners to blend... more
        • staining and matching Jared Chafin, Thu May 9 3:57pm
          Jim, I did try a can of the Mohawk toner. I guess it takes some practice. My spraying ability was found lacking and I had to replace the sheet of cane I had just installed.
          • Spraying Toner Steve ProFinisher, Sun May 12 12:42pm
            If you don't get the color you wanted, it is not necessary to replace the cane. It can be wiped off with a lint free rag and lacquer thinner. Be careful not to get the lacquer thinner on any of the... more
            • Re: Spraying Toner Dan Alleger, Sun May 12 5:29pm
              True, but it is all but impossible to get it out of every tiny crevice where the strands cross. Been there. A toothbrush helps. If you're going to spray toner, go lightly and build the color a little ... more
          • staining cane JIm Widess, Thu May 9 7:19pm
            Jared, set up an easel with a large piece of paper on it. Stand back about 2 feet. Make sure you have shaken the can thoroughly and can hear the ball rattle inside. Hold your spray can pointing about ... more
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