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 http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...nwax-gel-stain). Has anyone had luck with this product on metal, or can you suggest another product that might work well? Thanks.
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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