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Old 10-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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I have a wood shelf which consists of two long pieces of wood butted up against each other lengthwise. Over the years one of the pieces warped a little towards the middle, causing one of the pieces to dip a little below the other one, so today I attached a 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 metal mending plate to both of them to reinforce them together (see pic below). I know it's not the greatest looking thing, but it's good enough for this particular purpose we have. I did want to try to stain it, though, to at least make it more closely look like the color of the wood. I (apparently unwisely) tried regular Minwax stain, which of course didn't "stick" at all, so I wiped it off. I found something called Minwax Gel Stain, which claims to be able to be applied to metal (see Has anyone had luck with this product on metal, or can you suggest another product that might work well? Thanks.
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No stain is going to stick to the metal. I would just buy a pint or a quart of Rust-oleum and paint it a brown color that is a close match to the wood. That's about as close as you will get without all the hassle of trying to stain metal.


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Better yet, just put something over it
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