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Forum topic by holsterguy posted 07-04-2015 04:28 PM 692 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2015 04:28 PM

Hey guys. First post hope I’m doing it right. Made an arts and crafts nightstand and tried a new stain. (old masters). Color didn’t come out dark enough so I waited over nite and applied a second coat. Came out REAL blotchy and even light spots showing up that won’t accept stain. Any ideas? Could I strip it easily since it’s fresh? Have too much time in it to use it for firewood.


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#1 posted 07-04-2015 04:36 PM

Which one of the four types they affer did you use? Also, what was your prep and wood type.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 04:38 PM

Wiping

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 05:42 PM

What wood is it?? Some woods are easy to stain and other are not so easy. I’ve used old master stain and it’s a very good product. So I think it’s technique or the kind of wood your using.

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 05:44 PM

Red oak.

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 06:20 PM


Red oak.

- holsterguy


Another question. How much sanding did you do the the red oak? Flat sawn or 1/4 sawn oak?

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 06:22 PM

Stopped at 150

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 06:35 PM

Compared to birch, cherry, pine or maple, red oak finishes and stains easily and doesn’t have blotching problems. In general, stripping is a better way of removing old finish. Otherwise it would takie extensive sanding to get all an old finish off evenly. Stripping in this case may not remove your entire problem or even sanding after stripping may not solve the problem.

Before doing that, try wiping it down with solvent then let flash off (dry) and try a good gel stain, like Bartley. Gel stain does not penetrate as much and you may be able to mask/blend /disguise the color differences.

This is only one option.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 07-04-2015 06:41 PM

Thanks. It’s worth a try. It’s a real sick feeling when a project goes south at this stage.

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#9 posted 07-04-2015 09:43 PM


Came out REAL blotchy and even light spots showing up that won t accept stain. Any ideas? Could I strip it easily since it s fresh?

Holster, is it possible that the light spots are the result of glue smudges? The reason I ask is that RO is not a wood that blotches as has already been mentioned. If they are, then some sanding, scraping or planing will be required to get down to fresh wood.

Also, for future reference, ALWAYS go through your entire finishing schedule on scrap before attacking your actual project. Good luck.

-- Art

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#10 posted 07-04-2015 10:16 PM

I’m wondering if when he applied the second coat of stain if it softened the first coat and wiped off more in one place that others. Uneven wiping

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#11 posted 07-04-2015 10:43 PM

+1 AandCstyle and +1 AlaskaGuy

Could be a combination of both and the glue acted as a blotch control in reverse.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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