Stromberg Carlson - the staining stage
|The top section showing the sanded finish and stained trim pieces|
I used #0000 steel-wool with lacquer thinner for the final sanding, damp wiped to get all the dust off and after a thorough drying overnight applied the dark walnut stain to the trim pieces this evening (Jan 27th).
I used a Bennett's 3/4" trim brush to apply the stain. I thought about taping areas off but the brush allowed me to apply the stain freehand though I did manage to make a couple of small paint-overs that are easily correctable through sanding. I might give it a second coat to darken it up tomorrow. I will also begin to apply the light walnut to the veneered surfaces as well. it will be exciting to see how that turns out.
|This is what I started with|
|Walnut stained applied to the trim pieces|
Once all the staining is completed and a final steel-wool once-over, I will spray with clear satin lacquer. The final phase is replacing the grill cloth, mounting the radio and applying the decals around the dials.
My wife reminded me to provide a little more ventilation while I work as the fumes from the stain and solvents can be smelled (is that a word) all over the house. Must wear a mask as well.