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#1 posted 11-06-2008 04:21 PM

Rob, the Wb conditioner is basically a finish…diluted…its purpose is the seal down or better put equilize the surface of the wood…by allowing softer areas to absorb more finish and of course harder areas absorb less…so it balances it out…the problem is that it also reduces the ability of the wood to absorb future treatment’s…dyes unless sprayed in light color passes are the worst for blotching..because they are thinner and usually more intense in color..and thus absorb much faster…the good news is oak doesnt blotch, so you didnt need the blotch control….so to get a good dye will do well, but i would suggest you sand it with some 220 or whatever to remove as much of the barrier as you can…BUT BUT BUT ..because its oak and we have all those deep grains , test a spot first…my thinking here is that the barrier coat(conditioner) would be removed from the top and remain in the deep grains and dye unevenly…in which case just go with it as is and try the dye….an alternative would be a good gel stain lay’s on top and can be applied in several coats to get the color you want…and unfortunately the yellow can products dont seem to have the UMPH! needed ,

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