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Posted on Veneer Table Not Taking Stain

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 03:30 PM

You may have used such a fine grit of sandpaper that you have reduced the size of open “pores”, essentially doing a decent job of sealing up the grain.

You did not mention the type of stain you used, but maybe try a gel-based stain like General Finishes. The heavier solids, and paste-like consistency, may help you get a more uniform coverage.

Here is a picture of a box I made with veneered-MDF panels covering a plywood box. This veneer took regular (thin, solvent-based) stains very poorly, leaving a slightly blotchy finish. The edge trim is cherry. I used General Finishes Java gel stain, and the coverage was incredibly uniform on the panels and the hardwood trim.

-- Lee

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