Fiddes range of Pine Water Stains are recommended for use on new or old pine furniture where an antique, aged appearance is preferred. Exceptionally easy to use, Fiddes Pine Water Stains are extensively used throughout the Antique Pine and Pine Reproduction markets to create a uniform color prior to an application of Fiddes Supreme Wax Polish.
Application: Use a soft cotton cloth or sponge and apply in the direction of the wood grain where possible. Apply evenly, blending the stain over the whole surface area by exerting a degree of pressure when applying by hand. Water stain may also be applied by spray technique. Because these water stains are concentrated, you may find that one-half strength will be your most used ‘shop’ mix, providing versatility and economy. Thing with water for a lighter shade. On areas where exceptional evenness of color is required, a prior coat of Transparent Shellac thinned with two to three parts of alcohol (see Shellac) can be applied evenly, left to dry for one hour, followed by the application of water stain. The thinned shellac will act as a slight barrier and conditioner for the color work.
Compatibility: All of Fiddes Durable Finishes (Clear Glaze, Danish Oil, Hard Wax Oil) are especially well suited for application over water stain and will enhance depths of color. Shellac can be applied by brush or spray over water stain. When using a brush, apply the first coat with a light touch so as not to pull any color. Propriety lacquer is generally suitable over water-based stain when sprayed. All lacquers, especially brushing lacquers should be thoroughly tested on a sample board to assure there is minimal tendency for dye color to ‘float’.
Thinning and Conservation: Water is the appropriate thinner. All full strength or thinned water stain can be saved for future use.
Reversibility: Wiping with warm water will remove some color. Denatured alcohol wipe followed by sanding will remove more color.