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Old 07-27-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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after finishing the bedroom hardwood (red oak) we will be continuing down the stairs trhou the living/dining area..

I had this crazy idea to do a design on the stair first landing with stain.. like a moasic star or maybe celtic pattern along the perimiter...

but without cutting up the floor and replacing it with stock ..

i was thinking after i had the floor sanded to bare wood.. tape off with some frog tape stain the floor as normal.. let that dry then lightly scroe the floor around the tape, retape on the outside of the lines.. then fill in the unstained area with the accent stain let dry and poly over the whole sha-bang..

anyone try this? have nay advice?


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Stain isn't like paint as it absorbs into the wood. It will bleed under the tape. If you want a design, inlay it.

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I second the bleeding under tape...
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Agreed, stain would bleed, but maybe you could try this with shellac? Shellac the entire step, tape, carefully shellac your pattern (too much rubbing would mix the two shellacs and probably cause bleeding), and coat with poly. What might be easier is to paint your pattern, shellac everything, then poly everything.
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weeeeellllllll, not necessarily..... In my DM creations thread I show a guitar that I taped off custom stencils of leaves and (air-brush) SPRAYED stain to color them. Darker around the edges and lighter in the middles. It worked perfectly and did not bleed at all.

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weeeeellllllll, not necessarily..... In my DM creations thread I show a guitar that I taped off custom stencils of leaves and (air-brush) SPRAYED stain to color them. Darker around the edges and lighter in the middles. It worked perfectly and did not bleed at all.

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weeeeellll, you make a good point. Airbrushing applies very little stain at a time and the bleed will be greatly minimized. I think our "bleeding" comments stem from the use of a brush or foam pad for an applicator.
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Yup, THAT would bleed all over the place, for sure.
They make spray cans that you pressurize yourself with air from a bike pump that would work very well in this application.

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Yup, THAT would bleed all over the place, for sure.
They make spray cans that you pressurize yourself with air from a bike pump that would work very well in this application.

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Then the Op can practice on scrap wood with that to see if it will do the job.
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i have seen the air cans before.. i might pick one up and give it a shot..

i heard about the shellac being a good way to keep everything from running into each other as well... maybe if i airbrush the colors, shellac between colors and then poly the whole mess and sand it down to even out the different levels.. it might turn out ok!

thanks for the info gang.. were still finishing the kitchen before we get to the floors but if all goes well i will update
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Once you shellac, stain won't take.

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I thought of shellac because you can mix an 'Aniline Dye' to change the shellac to whichever colour you wish.
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Yup, THAT would bleed all over the place, for sure.
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if i lightly score the wood at the stain lines would that prevent the color from blending?
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if i lightly score the wood at the stain lines would that prevent the color from blending?
No it won't. But it will present an area where the stain will overly darken.
A simple experiment on a scrap piece of wood will show you what happens.

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