Pickle the table - that's how it's done right

Pickling can also be a way to change the color of tables. At the same time, one has to pay attention to a few things, so that they succeed in the end. What is important, what types of pickling there are, and how to use pickling properly, you will learn in detail in our post.

Color change with stains

As a rule, you can stain almost any raw, untreated wood. Due to the different surface quality of wood species, there are limitations here. A stripping before you should avoid as possible.

The possible colors for pickling range from different wood colors to completely atypical colors for wood - such as green or purple. For each stain, you must also pay attention to whether it is a positive or a negative stain.

Positive and negative stains

The terms "positive and negative pickle" initially confuse something, because there are usually three types of pickling:

  • Positivbeize
  • Negativbeize
  • Combination stain (ie positive and negative stain in one)

Positive stains darken the already dark parts of the wood, thus visually reinforcing the grain and its character. In the case of negative stains, the brighter parts of the wood are colored darker, the dark parts remain untouched. This will weaken the grain. Combination stains do both: they darken the darker spots a little and the brighter spots clearly.

When pickling to pay attention

  • suitable stain
  • correct dilution
  • grind properly
  • If necessary, dissolve
  • Protection of the stained wood

Suitable stain

Each stain is designed only for a specific type of wood. Always use only suitable stains.

removal of resin

Some very resinous conifers can not be stained at all. This can often be the case with pinewood, for example. In lighter cases, you can also use special "de-icing".

Protection of the stained wood

Stained wood must always be provided with a protective layer. Best suited for a coating with brushable clearcoat or the like.

Tips & Tricks

Never rely on pickling patterns from the trade, but always carry out a sample picking. Use exactly the same wood, the same sanding, the same thinning of the stain and the same type of application. Only then can you at least estimate the subsequent final result to some extent.

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