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    What brand of dye did you use, and how did you...

    What brand of dye did you use, and how did you apply it. Generally I prefer to flood the dye on with a sponge and use a merely damp sponge to remove puddles With most true dyes you can use the...
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    I assume the tung oil you mention is still the...

    I assume the tung oil you mention is still the zar product which is a varnish. As such it should work fine over the sanding sealer. Actual tung oil (pure or 100%) might well not work so well...
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    Bob Flexner suggests using naphtha instead of...

    Bob Flexner suggests using naphtha instead of alcohol to remove the mineral oil lubricant from the final shellac surface. Just dampen a clean cloth and wipe the surface oil.
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    Coat the insides with shellacóa. couple of so of...

    Coat the insides with shellacóa. couple of so of 2 lb coats That will block any fumes from the wood and is fast.
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    Potassium dichromate solution will color oak...

    Potassium dichromate solution will color oak nicely. (!! poison use care !!) Birch has much less tannin and will just change color modestly. TEST scrap to determine desired concentration on your...
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    What wood is to surround the oak? In some cases...

    What wood is to surround the oak? In some cases chemical ďstainsĒ can impact the oak with little impact on something like maple.
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    It might take another coat or two to get pore...

    It might take another coat or two to get pore fully filled. Iíd want to do a few test coats on scrap of your hickory to test whether sanding finish coats is enough or whether a pore filler would be...
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    Hickory has open pores of medium size. Painting...

    Hickory has open pores of medium size. Painting without previously filling the pores will leave visible pits. The pores should fill fairly easily since the pores are much smaller than oak pores but...
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    I would avoid most finishes which would be less...

    I would avoid most finishes which would be less durable than the Corian material itself. Goggle Corian for exterior use.

    I donít think ca glue is very UV resistant and after all on nonporous...
  10. Carl. The problem you had is mostly with epoxy....

    Carl. The problem you had is mostly with epoxy. It is not very uv resistant for exterior doors. It can work outdoors if covered by multiple coats of marine grade spar varnish such as Epifanes. Iíve...
  11. A sheet of tempered glass will be sure to work as...

    A sheet of tempered glass will be sure to work as required. Asking finishes available outside of industrial facilities to work is questionable and likely to require regular refurbishment.

    Whatís...
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    Iíve found that hand planing works wonders. Itís...

    Iíve found that hand planing works wonders. Itís fast and can reduce sanding requirements to a very small amount. Itís just a few strokes to eliminate planer ripple.

    I also point out that the...
  13. If you donít spray Iíd go for a watercolor wash...

    If you donít spray Iíd go for a watercolor wash brush with very fine synthetic bristles. Windsor newton makes a good line
  14. I suggest rethinking the clear finish. First,...

    I suggest rethinking the clear finish. First, Minwax Spar Varnish is one of the least durable available. Gloss varnishes are generally thought to be more durable as well. For a good spar varnish,...
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    yes, stickers need to be dry.

    yes, stickers need to be dry.
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    Good advice

    Good advice
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    Smith (exact name escapes at moment) is a low...

    Smith (exact name escapes at moment) is a low viscosity epoxy designed exactly for this use. It’s available at Jamestown Distributors. It really adds durability since it reduces moisture and oxygen...
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    Naphtha is one good solvent for wax. Use plenty,...

    Naphtha is one good solvent for wax. Use plenty, and lots of cloths or paper towels.
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    Use dye not a pigmented stain.

    Use dye not a pigmented stain.
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    What does the technical data sheet for the white...

    What does the technical data sheet for the white lacquer say about primer? That's where to find the answer. Question your choice of lacquer if no techniocal data sheet is available--it's an...
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    For most dramatic figure start with dilute water...

    For most dramatic figure start with dilute water mixed dark brown powdered dye. After the dye has dried sand the surface so that where the wood is porous the dye penetrates deeply and does not sand...
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    Paint may be more durable but wood ladders should...

    Paint may be more durable but wood ladders should never be painted. Paint can obscure defects in the wood. This is a traditional rule not something I made up.
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    From the description it looks pretty much like...

    From the description it looks pretty much like most oil varnish mixes, except for rather breathtaking prices.
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    Pure tung oil will never, applied properly, yield...

    Pure tung oil will never, applied properly, yield a glossy finish, satin is the best to be expected. For that matter oil/varnish mixes don't do very glossy very easily. The reason film finishes...
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    Lets start with the wood itself. Red oak is not...

    Lets start with the wood itself. Red oak is not a good choice for the truck bed. It has open pores that can extend deeply into the wood, with the consequence that it is susceptible to rot. It's...
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