Your weekly Q&A Session with Chestnut Products

Hello again, we hope you’re finding our newsletters helpful.

First off this week another question about our stains, this time on how to make the Green lighter or darker. Making it lighter is quite easy by using the White stain, which will make it more pastel, or by mixing with Spirit Thinners which will weaken the colour.
To make it darker it can be mixed with a darker stain but we wouldn’t suggest the Black for this, it can make it too dirty. The Dark Jacobean colour from our wood range is much better for this.

Someone hanging an internal door got in touch, asking which finish to use. He confused us by saying that he’d heard water based finishes could lead to shrinkage and desalination. After a while we figured out the predictive text had changed the meaning here and the intended word was delamination!
Having seen the instructions that came with the door I think the manufacturers were worried about solvents attacking the adhesive used to glue the laminate on. We suggested using the Acrylic Sanding Sealer to be on the safe side, although we don’t think it unfair to expect the glue to withstand most finishing materials!

Microcrystalline Wax was the subject of another enquiry and whether there was an advantage in applying more than one coat. It’s ok to put on up to three coats but strangely the more that is applied the softer the finish, so there’s no great advantage in doing so. If you want more protection for the timber it’s better to put a coat of lacquer on underneath and apply a coat of wax to that.

A correspondent queried some advice he’d been given by a shop that Spirit Stain was safe to use on chopping boards. We had to put him right that we wouldn’t recommend this, the colour could leach into the food and whilst it probably wouldn’t do any major harm it probably wouldn’t taste nice and who wants a blue tongue (or green or red or…)?

Another question was about Liming Wax and Spirit Stain; the Liming Wax had been applied and had been tainted by the stain. This is very strange as these products don’t share a common solvent and this shouldn’t be able to happen, we could only suggest leaving the stain slightly longer to dry. Open grained areas will absorb more stain and take longer to dry and we suspect this was the cause.

And finally this week we were asked if it was safe to burn timber that had End Seal on it. It had been applied to some timber whilst drying but was now surplus to requirements and was going to be burned. End Seal is an emulsified paraffin wax, similar to the material candles are made of, so there’s no dangers associated with burning it.

See you in seven!