Did some sanding after dying. Water based stains and dyes tend to raise the wood fibers so its no longer smooth. Some surface sanding is required but not too much.
It lost a bit of its color after sanding. Most of the color lost was in the wood fibers on the surface.
The lower half of this piece was sanded:
I used one of these. Its amazing as it doesn't leave scratches at all. Its like steel wool wrapped around a 3M scotch-bright pad. Just takes off enough to smooth the surface:
And here is the first half of the clear coat drying. The other side gets coated tomorrow and then I'm done! Wahoo!
As you can see, the piece on the top left of the area is my origonal test piece. On it are Minwax Cherry, red mahogany, Cherry Wood, and redwood fence stain. None of which are red! And they all look the same!
Edited by krosenqu - 6/28/10 at 9:11pm