Achieving a jet black or ebonized finish on Oak or Maple is a common request. While the little color samples supplied by stain manufacturers allow a general guide as to which colors a customer may like,that color on an actual wood floor can be affected by numerous factors: the wood species, the abrasive sequence, the lighting in the room, the color of the paint on the walls, whether the floor was waterpopped or not, and more.
Right now I’m looking at some raised grain after staining, and some uneveness..wondering if I can combine some steel wool work to remove just some uneveness and more stain around the edge…also, that deep glow from lacquer coating….most guys aren’t set up at home for spraying, but tung oil layers aftere a single linseed coating have a great look, but don’t expect the magic till after the 6th or 7th coating….
Some contractors still start creating a white floor by bleaching it, although this method isn’t as common as it used to be. Because bleaching the floor actually damages the structure of the wood cells, thereby prematurely aging the wood, many people are firmly against it. However, those who do bleach advise using a species such as red oak or maple—never white oak,as it can turn green when bleached, and its tannic acid may chemically react with the bleach, actually creating foam on the floor.
Hi Angie – If you want to paint the piece, not use black stain on it, you do not have to remove all the poly, but you do need to sand the surface to provide some tooth” so the paint has something to adhere to. You mentioned the piece has a lot of poly on it. If this is so, when painted over…you may see all the imperfections in the level of the poly.
The key is to apply a thin base coat to partially seal the wood before staining. As we mentioned when talking about white wood finishes in a previous post, it helps to treat it like sun cream – apply a small amount at a time and work it in until it disappears! Rub the stain with mineral spirits on a soft cloth if the mineral oil doesn’t work. Our wood stain colour collection can transform the look and feel of any room by treating or refurbishing the furniture or floorboards.
Where to useAll interior timber including floors, furniture, trim, panelling, window frames, skirting boards, doors, Plyboard and MDF. Reapplying the stained multiple times or allowing it to sit longer on the wood before wiping off the excess does little to darken the final finish. If there is tea still sitting on the wood surface the iron will react to that tea rather than the tea that has soaked into the wood.
Once they think the stain is dry and begin coating, experienced contractors always pay attention to the applicator. I’m having a new kitchen fitted and want to turn the oak cupboard door handles a glossy black. White stains, pastel stains and very dark stains all contain more pigments, which means that they usually require longer dry times than more common stain colors.