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Post #1 Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:44 pm 
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The topic pretty much says it all. I'm wondering if anyone's ever tried painting or staining a board they have.

I picked up a simple folding board made from Agathis wood a while back and, it is fine on its own, but I was contemplating staining it to give it some nicer color. The wood itself is not finished and overall has a somewhat rough feel.

Being in Japan, I got it from Amazon.jp

For those curious, the product I got is this one below:

https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E8%8C%A8%E5%9 ... 6%E5%8F%B7

I don't know if I will do it, but I'm curious nonetheless. Thanks.

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Yes. :)
Wood: very cheap board from Home Depot --
maybe people would use it to build a table ?
I couldn't line on the raw surface: the ink would bleed profusely.
I must coat it with a few layers of (polyurethane) stains before the ink would neither bleed nor "bead up".
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Post #3 Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:57 am 
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Post #4 Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Glad I'm not the only one that thought this.

To OP: How rough is the wood? Unless it's a really thick stain, that's not going to help the roughness much. Will definitely change the appearance! Applying polyurethane could help with the roughness, but again won't help a lot of it's really rough.

You could always stain the back side of the board to see how it looks. That way you can get an idea and not worry about messing up the playing surface if you decide you don't like it, or doesn't look like it's going to work for you.

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Hi schultz,
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Glad I'm not the only one that thought this.
I missed the connection...

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Post #6 Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:00 pm 
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Maybe applying some wax would help?

Sivak, may I ask you to post some pictures with this board? Thanks.

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Post #7 Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:06 am 
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Hi schultz,
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I missed the connection...


It was in sente too.

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Post #8 Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:52 am 
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Sivak wrote:
The topic pretty much says it all. I'm wondering if anyone's ever tried painting or staining a board they have.

I picked up a simple folding board made from Agathis wood a while back and, it is fine on its own, but I was contemplating staining it to give it some nicer color. The wood itself is not finished and overall has a somewhat rough feel.

Being in Japan, I got it from Amazon.jp

For those curious, the product I got is this one below:

https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E8%8C%A8%E5%9 ... 6%E5%8F%B7

I don't know if I will do it, but I'm curious nonetheless. Thanks.


The thick agathis boards I've seen have been treated with a wash (painted) before the lines were drawn (or printed). I would imagine that's the case with this folding board. If so then stain would not penetrate the surface. Painting would cover the lines. As anyone who has made a board will say, the applying of the lines is one of the difficult things to do well. Any abrasive treatment to reduce the roughness would possibly damage the lines.

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Post #9 Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:54 am 
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9think wrote:
Maybe applying some wax would help?

Sivak, may I ask you to post some pictures with this board? Thanks.


Sorry for being late with getting back to this. Sure, I uploaded two photos. I had to compress them as they were a little too high res for the forum.


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Post #10 Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:03 am 
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To OP: How rough is the wood? Unless it's a really thick stain, that's not going to help the roughness much. Will definitely change the appearance! Applying polyurethane could help with the roughness, but again won't help a lot of it's really rough.

You could always stain the back side of the board to see how it looks. That way you can get an idea and not worry about messing up the playing surface if you decide you don't like it, or doesn't look like it's going to work for you.


It's hard to describe. I've felt smoother boards before. It's not bad or anything. The only time I am ever going to really notice it is when taking it out of the box. I find the bottom a bit rougher than the top...

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Post #11 Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:00 am 
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Sivak wrote:
schultz wrote:
To OP: How rough is the wood? Unless it's a really thick stain, that's not going to help the roughness much. Will definitely change the appearance! Applying polyurethane could help with the roughness, but again won't help a lot of it's really rough.

You could always stain the back side of the board to see how it looks. That way you can get an idea and not worry about messing up the playing surface if you decide you don't like it, or doesn't look like it's going to work for you.


It's hard to describe. I've felt smoother boards before. It's not bad or anything. The only time I am ever going to really notice it is when taking it out of the box. I find the bottom a bit rougher than the top...


Seeing the pictures of the front and back of the board I am convinced that the front has been given a wash (paint). There is clearly a difference in color(s) of the wood on the back from the uniform color on the top. For wood that thin I would expect the color on both sides to be very similar. If the top has been painted before the lines were applied there isn't much you can do except wax without covering up or damaging the lines.

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Post #12 Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:42 pm 
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Seeing the pictures of the front and back of the board I am convinced that the front has been given a wash (paint). There is clearly a difference in color(s) of the wood on the back from the uniform color on the top. For wood that thin I would expect the color on both sides to be very similar. If the top has been painted before the lines were applied there isn't much you can do except wax without covering up or damaging the lines.


I see. I figured it'd be something that would be tough to do, but I was curious nonetheless. Keeping the lines is very important. I couldn't imagine having to try redoing those.

Thanks all for the comments.

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