I recently bought General Finish urethane gel stain.
I want to darken the maple on the pie safe I'm making for my daughter to more closely match the kitchen table she has.
I've put 4 coats on a test board assuming that it would darken a bit with each coat but it stays pretty much the same shade as the first coat. I'm thinking that I shouldn't of sanded to 220 Maybe the wood is too smooth and not absorbing the stain
I've tossed around the idea of using dye but having never used it before I'm afraid that I'll totally mess up the piece. My experiments usually have a bad habit of giving me one of those "doh" moments
I was also thinking that after 3 coats of the gel stain a final coat of shellac might help darken it.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.