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Re: Staining birch to match interior PCS

For what it is worth. I would use epoxy on the backsides of those panels and hit the edges twice. You want to make sure there is no penetration into the layers of that birch ply. I have used birch plywood many times on various boat with good success on color matching but chimed in a little late in the game to comment on that aspect. I will say that the Gel stains have proven to be best for me to match the Teak finish. Easier to control the color. Also if you put conditioner on the wood first it allows the stain to be more uniform and better replicates Teak.

What you have so far looks great. I look forward to seeing the finished product. Should look great.
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Re: Staining birch to match interior PCS

Thanks, yes the birch is really really moisture sensitive, I already have some slight superficial delam on one edge. I will totally encapsulate the wood in epoxy.

I used the brown mahogany stain "hand wipes" for the creation of grain, but the red stain I used just regular stain. I couldn't find the gel in the color I wanted, and the brown stain, I could only find in these stupid hand wipes but turned out to be perfect for what I was trying to do. For those who try the "hand wipe" stain it is very dry and hard to controll.
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Re: Staining birch to match interior PCS

Update:
I had the wood looking real sweet. Didn't really match the interior perfectly, looked like old mahogany, which I love.

The compost head pieces looks really nice. The inside face of the box I epoxied and painted black. Outside stained and epoxied. Nice rich wood look.

The radio cabinet, which was the critical must look good piece, did not fair too well. I epoxied the backside and edges twice, and intended to do the face also. I decided at the last minute to varnish it because I was concerned about getting the epoxy super smooth. I had the stain so perfect, I was concerned the extra sanding to make it silky smooth could cut into the stain. Plus, I don't have a shop so was working out in the elements. Anyways the stain had cured for over a week. After laying a coat of varnish I noticed the stain was lifting . The solvent in the varnish (spar) screwed with the stain . The epoxy pieces did not have this issue. I think if I would of stuck with my plan to tung oil between stain and varnish, or epoxied it, the stain would not of lifted. I did not use any solvents, just lite denatured alcohol wipe prior to coating. I did over brush/over work the varnish, that may be the culprit.

So the radio cabinet is painted Matt black after all. I wanted it so perfect for my hubby's radio cabinet!

So end of story. Hope this helps someone. Will post pics when I can, my server keeps crashing when I try.
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Re: Staining birch to match interior PCS

Ocean Girl,
Sorry to hear that it didn't come out as planned. I know the feeling after spending hundreds of hours on a project, only for it to not come out as envisioned. Sometimes you can fix or modify it, but occasionally starting over is the only option. I've felt like crying after having to scrap a time consuming project and start again, although an impromptu bonfire can be very therapeutic

Glad to hear the rest of it came out well. I would be interested to see the pics, especially the radio cabinet because Iím about to build something similar. I love seeing the various solutions people come up with to solve similar problems. Sailors tend to be some pretty ingenious folks.
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