|Three Coats of Stain on Red Oak, Six Coats of Varnish|
General Finishes makes a family of stains, gel stains, that are thick and seemed to me to be ideal for the task of "turn this non-black wood into black wood." I used General Finishes Black Gel Stain. A quick overview of it is after the jump.
|During shot. Those are things right?|
|After (One coat) shot.|
This being "black" the objective is to take what is essentially a light reddish brown material and darken it to black. I found that in this test, one coat was not sufficient to do so. Looking at the "After (One coat) shot" picture above, you can still see some of the lightish color bleeding through. Maybe that means that I didn't apply thick enough, or I was overly zealous in wiping it off, but I'm not sure. All I knew is that this required a second coat. So I put one down.
|Second Coat on|
The second coat made the blackness much more uniform, but it still left a little streaking of light wood color showing through.
|Third (Coat's) the Charm|