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#1 posted 11-07-2012 03:47 PM

It looks like you drug the brush over the edge a lot. The problem is that wipe-on finishes are thinned more than would be needed for brushing or spraying, which means more solvents. The solvents also dissolved your stain which it sounds like you already figured out. I have put that same poly over dark stain before (MW Dark Walnut) but you can’t rub it around at all, with a brush or cloth. You have to wipe across the surface once, quickly in each area without a lot of overlap. If you miss something, get it on the next coat after the first coat has dried. Also go fairly quickly on the second coat. When you are sure you have all the stain covered, you could then begin sanding between layers after that coat. Anytime you wipe it on somewhere, let it sit for even a few seconds and wipe over it again, you risk removing some of the stain which has been dissolved by the solvents. Now that the lighter spots are essentially sealed with poly and won’t take stain, I would suggest scraping or sanding to the bare wood again. Don’t worry about getting down in the deep grain on that red oak, just sand the surface and restain. Letting the stain dry longer like you did is actually a good thing so it could dry better unless you are spraying on a finish.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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