I,m ready to stain the stock, tried lmf nut brown on a scrap piece and on this stock it is very dark and very RED. would like to tone down the red and get a little more of a golden brown on this stock. anything I could mix with the nut brown or should I go with a different stain completely. suggestions please!
I do not believe these stains are completely color fast. I might be wrong but doubt it.
It boggles my mind the hoops people will jump through to to use this stuff (3-4 coats or more) then not have it hold its color when ferric nitrate is easy to use and will remain the same color as long as anyone is likely to want to look at it. HOWEVER, the builder must then accept the natural color that is produced by the individual piece of wood rather than coloring it with this dye and that to get the color he thinks it should be.
Much the same thing can be said about stock finishes.
By buying into the "newer is better" mantra of the industrial revolution people have convinced themselves that hard is easy and easy is hard. One coat is harder than 4. 20 coats over the course of a month is easier than 2 over 3 days.
That elastic is not durable and brittle is. Or that stocks can be "waterproofed". Just because the can says its fast and easy does not mean its the fastest or the easiest or the best for the purpose in the short or long term. In stock finish I have never seen a thin petroleum solvent based (usually 70%+) finish that was as easy to use as traditional oil based finishes and few look as good or are as durable in real life.