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Posted on Gel Stains on Poplar (and in general)

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 05:47 PM

I think if you use the oil stain first, you’re just going to end up with the blotchiness that you’re trying to avoid. I’ve been using GF in Java, and I know that you reallly have to be firm when you wipe it off to get it back to where you can see the grain – I’m wondering if maybe you kept it on too thick? You should also consider using diluted shellac as a wood conditioner before the stain to take care of the blotches – have you tried that yet? In any case, test test test, and you’ll come up with something that works for you. Good luck!

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