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staining and matching cane
Sun May 12, 2013 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 and match the sample. This is followed with a lacquer top coat on the topside of the cane. We've never had a chair we finished this way returned to us in over 20 years.
Coloring with only a stain (wiping, gel, or other type) leaves you with a surface that is not finished. I don't want to sit (or lean) on this cane wearing good clothes! All stains need some type of finish on them to dry completely.
There is no doubt that color matching cane is a tough job. We only do so when we have to match a set. We always try to convince the client to leave the cane natural and unfinished, but sometimes that is not possible.
My recommendation, like Jim's, is to find good quality professional products. Don't rely on the DIY products sold in the home centers. They are designed, and sold, for ease of use by the homeowner, not for professional results.

Joe Hornor
Little Jack Horners, LLC
6240 East Interstate 20
Aledo, Texas 76008
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  • 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
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