Originally Posted by cohen33
Would you be willing to share the name and maker of the stain and how you applied it? Also the steps you took from prep to finish. What is the finish?
Stain is "Minwax Red Mahogany" and finish coat is "Minwax Wipe-on Poly - Clear Satin". The finish coat is (IMHO) the make-or-break for a professional looking job.
Sanding bare wood:
Step 1: 150 grit (I didn't do this with the veneer since its pretty smooth to start with, but I will be using it on my trim pieces)
Step 2: 220 grit
Stain: 2 coats (note: I didn't let is sit for very long on the wood as that tended to lead to blotching - I wiped it off pretty quickly)
Step 1: 1 coat Wipe-on Poly (let this dry overnight at minimum despite what it says on the can)
Step 2: sand with 220 grit
Step 3: 2nd coat Wipe-on Poly (again, let it dry thoroughly)
Step 4: sand with 320 grit
Step 5: 3rd coat Wipe-on Poly
Step 6 (optional but I did it): sand (very) lightly with 400 grit
Step 7: final coat of Poly (thin)
Its definitely time consuming but it really does look nice when its done - at least it does to me
By the way I'm going with the same B&K amp.
Nice! I can't wait to get it fired up!! My speakers are still sitting in my family room "breaking in"