How to Match an Antique Finish
I want to stain a mahogany table to match some antiques. How do I match that deep brown color of older mahogany?
Elmer Kreisel, Towson, MD
More important than the exact colors and products you use is the process you follow. First, use a dye stain that matches the color between the dark grain lines of the antique. Test the dye on a scrap piece, and strengthen or weaken it until it’s just right. After it has dried, seal the dye with a 2-lb. cut of dewaxed shellac. Let it dry for two hours, sand with P400-grit sandpaper, and remove the dust. Next, apply an oil-based grain filler that matches the grain lines on the antique. Let it dry for two days and then apply another coat of dewaxed shellac (2-lb. cut). After the shellac has dried, you can use a gel stain to alter the color. Finally, apply a clear finish. Shellac is a good choice.
|Three-step finish. Start by dyeing the field, then fill the grain in a darker color. Tweak the color with a gel stain.|