My Douglas Fir table has a slight pinkish cast. How can I tone down the pink and still maintain a light stain color?
First, test your surface to get a sense for the color present in the wood. To do this, wipe the surface down with mineral spirits (if you are expecting to use an oil finish) or plain water (if you are expecting to use a water based finish). See the following GF video demonstration for a better understanding of this process.
Next, apply product. Here are two recipes for a lightly stained look:
OIL BASED Finish: Create a 50/50 mix of Nutmeg Gel Stain and Gel Satin Top Coat for a natural tone. Seal your surface with 2-3 coats of oil based top coat.
WATER BASED Finish: Create a 50/50 mix of Light Brown Dye Stain and High Performance Top Coat or Enduro-Var Top Coat. Seal your surface with 2-3 coats of water based top coat. Remember: High Performance dries clear but Enduro-Var ambers.
Test your mixture in a hidden area of your project before proceeding with the entire project.