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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 07:36 PM

Pine will “splotch” when stained. I often use a wash coat of 1# cut shellac as a sealer to help prevent the splotching. Brush or spray the shellac to seal, then a light sanding to remove the nibs. I find that a wiping stain will work best ‘cause it can be worked easily into/on the sealer. Let the stain cure FULLY, then apply the finish coats. Wiping varnish is very forgiving as a final coat(s).
What sheen do ya want? I often use a gloss for clarity, then rub down with wax to knock off the gloss. This will give a “softer” finish (less gloss).
Test this process on some off cuts before ya proceed to the finished project. It is a bunch easier to throw away a test piece than the project.


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