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#1 posted 09-27-2015 02:08 AM

Having a good conditioner to help prevent blotching is very important. Using a water-based conditioner(not oil based) is safer than using some of the conditioners that will be possibly penetrated by having the same solvent . I like Charles Neils Blotch control(water-base), it really makes a big different with blotchy woods like maple,birch,poplar and others. People think by using a quality gel stain that it will prevent blotching,and it may to a degree ,but apply it with unconditioned woods or using too much force (rubbing it in)will make it penetrate into the wood more thus causing blotchy conditions. You are certainly taking the right approach by doing sample boards first .
I don’t if you have tried water based dyes with a conditioner ,but you can get good results that way too.

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