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thick CA will work well, but it takes a while to set. Hold it in place for a minute or more, then carefully let go. After a minute more nudge it if it has moved and hold carefully a bit more. Once it’s in place don’t touch it for an hour. Don’t ask how I know. It fils gaps.  Don’t put them on until you’ve stained the hull. That’s what I used for that piece, as well as gluing the ends on the cannons. For those make sure you have the barrels vertical so gravity doesn’t upset things. 

Medium CA doesn’t work near as well. 

Epoxy will also work if you already have that. 

 

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So, I'm trying to decide on which color to stain the exterior of the hull. I have it down to two couples in considering. The one on the right and the one on the left. I'm thinking I will do the center color for the interior. Left to right, the stains are Minwax Dark Walnut, Special Walnut, and Provincial.

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What's your take?

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What colors/stains will wales or trim pieces be? I would use contrasting colors to make them "pop", so if the wales are going to be a dark color, go with the provincial. If lighter than stain the hull dark walnut. If they are all going to be the same then pick your favorite! :D I think the light, special walnut stain for the interior is a good choice as it simulates a well worn white color that in my opinion would be appropriate for the interiors. 

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Elijah - the wood you are going to stain - is it all the same species? I ask because I have the Provincial stain and it looks different on different woods. It gets pretty dark on softer woods (basswood) as it soaks in a lot. On harder wood (boxwood) it fills in the grains but doesn't soak in as much. Make sure you do a color test with the same type of wood.

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Elijah:

Your model is coming along really well. Nice work.

 

When staining basswood, please make sure to use a sanding sealer or pre stain conditioner. This will help even out the color and cut down on the blotchy effect. Basswood is soft and it has some areas that are denser than others. Thus the stain will soak in more here, less there. That is what creates the blotchy effect. The pre stain conditioner will cut down on that and should eliminate it. I have had good luck using pre stain conditioner, wipe it off, and then stain right after.

 

Russ

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Happy new year! Recently I attempted to stain the interior of the hull. As we all know, hindsight is 20/20. Well, stupid me from a few days ago forgot to shake the container of the stain before using it! :default_wallbash: This meant that all the pigment was settled at the bottom. The stain I tried to apply had little to no effect. The interior is now a shade darker, mostly due to the pre-stain wood conditioner. Anyway, I now have some shopping to do! Attached is a photo of my staining setup. 

 

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So, I've stained the hull, inside and out! The outside was not very difficult. The inside was a little more tricky. I'm thinking, since the pre stain wood conditioner had been allowed to set in for more than a week, I don't think the stain was able to set in as well. That being said, I don't think the look is that bad, so I think I will keep it. I noticed, after letting it dry for two days, it had a bit of shine on the inside. I used some sandpaper to take that shine off. The outside and inside look to show significant wear. What do you think of the finish?

 

The initial shine of the stain after drying.

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