I'm working on staining an old bookshelf, and I've worked on creating my own DIY wood stain and sealant (save money + no VOCs + Feels good). I created my own wood stain already by using steel wool and vinegar and I'm now working on the sealant/conditioner. I'm planning to go with this recipe (Canola oil and vinegar).
My problem is the pre-stain conditioner. I'm working with a wood that blotches (I found out the hard way). I've seen that you can thin out regular wood sealants with a variety of substances.
I have a few ideas and I wonder if someone more experienced could tell me the best way to get a good wood conditioner. Should I:
- Gently apply a low amount of the oil/vinegar sealant than I would for the finishing seal?
- Adjust the ratio of oil-to-vinegar to make it a more suitable conditioner? It's current 3:1 oil-to-vinegar, with oil being more of a conditioner and vinegar being for stain removal (Source)
- Add water to the mixture to dilute it? Something else maybe?