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Subject: Tips on staining and finishing a dice tray rss

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Joseph LoPresto
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Hello, I just purchased a dice tray.



Now, I want to stain it and apply a finish as well to protect it. I mainly got the tray because after years of gaming I decided to get metal dice, and of course don't want them damaging tables or anything. It is a lighter wood than I would of liked as well.

Now, I don't know the first thing about stains or finishes. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm sure in time metal dice will damage the tray, but it meant for that. I figure a finish will just give it some extra years and maybe I can apply/touch it up every year or so until it needs to be retired.
 
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R Barr

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Just a clear, high gloss urethane would probably work best. I would imagine you could get as little as a pint at your local hardware for $5-7 store to tackle the job. The tray might benefit from a little painting first if you felt brave enough or knew someone with artistic skills.
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Keith B
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If that's already painted, then only a solid stain will work, and even with that you might not get as good a look as sanding it completely and then staining with a semi-transparent stain. Problem with solid stain is you won't get the wood grain out of it.
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Scott Radtke
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You can simply brush a few coats (3 at least) of polyurethane, at my shop we use General Finishes High Performance. It’ll make the graphic pop and protect the wood. You could use a light stain if you want a richer finish. Hit up a good, professional, paint store (no Home Depot) If you want to stain the wood. They’ll show you samples and make good recommendations.
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