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Two-tone coloring. Combine two different dye stains for a more dramatic effect than simple staining. Proper sanding between colors is key.

and brown dye if it is to be yellow or orange. As before, wipe off the dye while it is still wet, and when the wood is dry, sand it with 220-grit paper. This will leave color in the porous areas of the wood only.

Next, seal the wood with several coats of water-clear lacquer. Allow the lacquer to dry and sand it with 320-grit paper. Continue to add more topcoats, alter nately spraying and sanding, until the surface is smooth and the pores of the wood are completely filled with lacquer.

Now mix up a colored, translucent topcoat by adding pre-dissolved oil- or alcohol-soluble dye to clear gloss lacquer. Bright, primary colors look best. Spray several coats of this colored lacquer, being careful to apply the color as evenly as possible. When you have sprayed just enough color so that the tint is rich and uniform but the grain still shows through, switch to clear gloss lacquer. Add enough clear gloss so that you can polish the final finish to high gloss without cutting through to the color layer. A

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