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Forum topic by Pendragon1998 posted 07-19-2015 05:51 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2015 05:51 PM

I am restoring a Craftsman hand drill and the wood parts are some sort of stained hardwood that had badly flaking paint on top. I sanded off the paint and ended up going through the stain in places. Should I sand back to clean, bare wood before re-staining, or would new stain blend in ok the way I have it now?

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 01:30 AM

You might be able to dye the light areas to better blend with the dark areas.
Don’t think stain alone will do it.
It would appear you are sanding cross grain to get that pattern, which is a no-no to start with.
But it will be hard to get the rest of that stain off without breaking the “no cross grain” rule.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 02:39 AM

Yes, I was chucking it in a drill and sanding it that way. The finish is pretty smooth, despite cross grained sanding. I’m not married to the idea of matching the existing color, as much as just creating a more homogeneous color, so I would be happy enough going darker and browner over the whole thing. I started with 220 grit, so perhaps I should just be more aggressive and hit it with some 100 or something to lighten up the piece.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 02:45 AM

I think I would try to stain over what you have and maybe go a little darker so as to reduce whatever differentiation in shade that might be visible. When restoring older power tools, I’m more of a function than form kinda guy but I do like things to look nice, if not necessarily factory perfect.

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 03:07 AM

In my opinion it looks pretty cool the way it is. If you really want to make it a solid color you might try bleaching the knob. That should pull out the stain from the end grain. However, I haven’t done this before myself, so you may want to do more research before attempting.

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