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Posted on Refinishing a pine aquarium stand (first project)

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 02:08 AM

I added pictures to the original post.

General Finish is not an option for me…there’s no good place for me to get it. The couple of stores that carry it close while I’m still at work. I’m limited to what the big box stores carry. I already bought Minwax Gel Stain and oil-based poly, but was thinking of exchanging for the water-based versions if they’re easier to work with. So foam brushes are fine for both stain and poly?

Kenny, Sanding all the stain out is not an option. Gotta be honest….I don’t have the time, patience, or desire. Plus I don’t think it’s worth it. I’d rather sink those 15 hours into building a new hardwood stand :). How bad will it look as is? Or do I have to convince the wife that the distressed look is good?

Given that it’s already stained, should I still apply the pre-stain?

Here’s what it looks like after 150 grit sanding:

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