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Forum topic by Michigander posted 09-13-2015 02:23 PM 561 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2015 02:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wipe on stain problem blotchy cherry

I am building a baby bed for my first Grandson. It is made from cherry which is very blotchy so I conditioned it with Charles Neil’s pre stain conditioner. I used General Finishes Gel Stain-Candlewood. I followed instructions to put it on wet and even in excess and then wiped it off with the grain. Everything went well except in one prominent area I missed a spot and didn’t wipe it off before it dried so I have a heavy dark spot that needs to be removed. It has set up over the weekend so I am afraid to try to remove it without some good advice. If I have to, I can sand it back to bare wood and start over, but I was hoping you had some magic formula to blend it in. Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks,

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 06:45 PM

Try putting the stain on again a little thicker, let it sit as long as you can to re-wet the area and it might even out the areas when you wipe it off.

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 09:53 PM

I had a similar situation using the exact same stain, I was able to go over it with mineral spirits and rub it out to lighten the coloring, not perfect, but I think I’m the only person that can find the spot…

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 05:39 PM

Thanks guys for your input. I was away for the weekend so I will try it this afternoon. I appreciate your help.

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 07:22 PM

I used mineral spirits and it did a great job of removing the thick coat of wipe gel stain. Thanks to ChiefHDan for the suggestion!

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