Every time I try some off-the-shelf* "shortcut" to wood finishing, it goes badly. Last night was no exception: I bought some stain-wiping cloths pre-soaked with super-super all in one stain and finish.
Yuck. Not only is it not the promised color -- more of a nasty chocolate-milk hue rather than the rich golden-brown it was supposed to be -- it also dries too quickly to smooth out and the result looks like an amaturwoodgraining job on top of the nice grain the wood already had.
I'll have to sand it off and start over with a decent linseed-oil finish. Luckily, it's just a single shelf, about 11" x 48".
* I've used one finishing shortcut that works: paste-type shoe polish! Brown or light brown for general use, oxblood/cordovan to approximate mahogany or cherry, black for ebony, black and brown together for dark finishes. It's a bit slow to dry and you want a coat of furniture wax on top. It's not as durable as a real varnish or shellac but it works. There are genuine color wax finishes for wood and based on my experiences with shoe polish, I wouldn't hesitate to try them.
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