Here we take a look at the stains and finishing process used to get the same outstanding appearance that is typically associated with traditional mahogany runabouts! Deep uniform stains and a varnished surface so perfect it can double as a mirror 🙂
All of the materials used were manufactured by Pettit Paint (which is also the same stuff that builders such as Hackercraft use!) The stain itself is thinned down roughly 25% with Pettit’s general 120 thinner and can be applied a number of different ways.
Here’s a run-down of the stains and other materials used:
1081 Red Mahogany
1082 Brown Mahogany
1095 Standard Mahogany
7665 Dark Mahogany
120/T10 Standard Thinner
2018 Clear Sealer
For small areas such as what was shown in the video I like to use burlap cloth (I typically re-cycle the bags that our Basmati rice comes in), but the stain can also be applied by brush or even roller if you’re working large areas. When working larger areas it really helps to have a second person with this process. Since there is a “time window” that is ideal between when the material is applied and when it should start to be rubbed / worked into the grain (10-15 minutes generally speaking) having another set of hands can make this step go much smoother.
If the stain is accidentally left too long and is difficult to work, you can go back over the applied stain with a coarse cloth and the same 120 thinner to soften it for working.
The different stain colors can be mixed together to achieve the desired tone. Oil based paint can also be added (up to a 1:1 ratio) to the stain base to give even more color options. Thinning for this would also be roughly 25% of the total mix using Pettit’s 120 thinner.
Once applied and rubbed into the wood grain, allow the stain to dry for 24 hours before top coating with your preferred varnish. My personal recommendation is Pettit’s 2015 Captains varnish, 4-5 coats with a light sanding in between between. The build coats can be sanded using 320 grit paper and the final coat or two can be prepped with 400 grit (but no finer!)
Lastly, take care to dispose of the used rags and material properly to avoid possible fire! This is a precautionary step when working with any oil based products 🙂
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