I didn't learn my lesson in trying to stain the pine equipment rack and failing miserably. I had to read more about using shellac as a wash coat and then staining pine, didn't I?
Yes, I decided once again to take a shot at staining pine - this time with the newly-made table I made for the rack.
Although, it does say "for floors" and this isn't a floor...
So I tried Simple Green, and it worked well.
Memo to self: next time, make your pencil marks much lighter.
The guy on the label sure looks like Toy Making Dad.
interesting information about the ratio of solids to alcohol. Something I was not aware of at all.
For the record, I used 4 oz. of shellac and added about 8.8 oz. of alcohol to wind up with roughly 12.8 oz. of mix for a wash coat. I had more than enough.
I like how their brushes have the maker's initials on them, in this case, "SI" made my brush.
If you take care of your brushes they'll last a long time. I always mark mine for specific uses too so brushes used for paint stay separate from brushes for other stuff.
After I was done, I cleaned the brush with denatured alcohol.
This time I went with "Black Cherry." It was actually a little to purplish for my taste, so I did a second coat - Dark Walnut - to make it more brown. Didn't take a picure of that.
The stain is still a little blotchy in places. But I think the wash coat helped. I probably should have done 2 coats of the shellac.
I'm not sure I'll try staining pine again. I like working with it and it's inexpensive, but it is problematic to finish. I just didn't want to paint it like I did with the rack.
I do like the color, and I guess I'll live with the blotchy. It does look sort of 'vintagy' I think.
The upside is the table is strong and will work perfectly for the rack. And I have a shelf too :-)