All About Powdered Wood Overlays
A powdered wood overlay is applied to the surface of a wood base. American Poplar is often used
because of it's neutral light background. This provides a high relief profile that can easily be
stained or faux finished.
MonRealeTM is a registerd Trade mark of White River Hardwoods: many patterns of powdered wood overlays
FAQ: How is it made?
The wood overlay is actual wood powder mixed with a bonding agent. This product is not made
from molds, it is actually poured onto the surface of the wood. Know as "comp", patterns are
regular but there can be slight variations due to the manufacturing process.
FAQ: How does it Stain?
The wood overlay stains very well especially with darker colors. Because the wood overlay is
different than the base wood, a couple of coats of stain would have to be employed. Clear coating
of a wood overlay and the American Poplar base would amplify the color variances. Light color
stains would have to be applied a few times to mute the color of the overlay.
FAQ: Am I wasting money by ordering the Overlay on Mahogany?
Probably yes: Since most of the background wood is covered by the overlay, most of the expensive
background wood will not be seen. If mahogany is used, for example, the wood overlay will be lighter
in color to the background wood. This may not be a problem if darker stains are used.
FAQ: Are there variances in color and grain of the base wood?
Yes: Remember all wood is a natural product and there are always variances
in color and grain texture from piece to piece or within one run. No two pieces are identical.
FAQ: Is there something you can tell me about commercial wiping stains?
Yes: Always read the manufacturer's warning labels and recommended uses.
Remember, Stains are chemicals and they act differently with variable products.
Stains can be applied with a brush or rag. If you use a rag, when you are finished with it
do not throw it into a bag (sealed or otherwise), or let multiple rags pile up.
Stains with linseed oil in them can spontaneously combust - yes catch fire
before your eyes! Dispose of rags inside a metal can filled with water.
Take it to a site for hazardous wastes for disposal once your project is finished.
Never through old stains or solvents down the sink or toilet.