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Posted on Veneer Table Not Taking Stain

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 05:13 AM

You can fix areas with aerosol toners… as others have pointed out, the veneer glue will bleed into the wood, and so you always find veneers, or plywood panels, never take stain the same way as the solid wood does.

I hear some have had luck with gel stains… I have not had that be a solution.

Usually I have had to use a darker dyestain on the panel than on the solid wood frame… but that does take some experimentation to nail it. easy with scraps… harder when you only have the final product to play with.

I have this…. in a couple colors- that allows me to tweak things. I typically apply ON TOP of a sealcoat of shellac or lacquer, not to the wood. I stain and dye till it is near perfect, seal the surface, then ‘tweak’ if needed with toner. Good luck… getting color matches can lead to a drinking problem… and extensive cussing.

I avoid like the plague.

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