When engraving wood, especially plywood, it can be hard to get a dark burn in the wood. So you end up with poor contrast of the engraved area with the surrounding wood.
For years I’ve been using Minwax Mission Oak satin polyshades spray to darken my engravings while they were still masked. It’s basically polyurethane mixed with a stain.
Works great with low bleed.
Just found out that this week that Minwax has discontinued at least the spray line of Polyshades, not sure about the brush on. Lowe’s home improvement was completely out but I manage to snag a case of 6 off Amazon at half price before they were gone. So I’m good for a bit.
Still leaves me with the eventual problem of finding a replacement product. I know about Laser Dark, but with shipping it ends up being about 3 times more expensive than the polyshades. Might be able to live with that if I buy multiple cans to get the shipping cost per can down. Has anyone used this product?
Alternately there is always spray paint, but it would need to be the right product. What I liked about the polyshade product is that it was a stain, so it wasn’t a opaque pigment heavy product and kept the burnt wood look.
Perhaps I could find another stain in a spray or spray a bush on stain? Bleed maybe an issue with this approach.
Also could possibly make my own spray with some polyurethane mixed with stain, but not sure how long it would last before curing in the container and might have to make it up as needed. Also how to spray: air brush, paint sprayer, refillable spray paint cans?
Definitely would be a loss of convenience.
Suggestions welcome and I’ll keep you posted on the seach