Pre-Stain! Is it really necessary?

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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 10-23-2016 10:46 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2016 10:46 PM

I have found the certain Pre-Stain/conditioners are completely unpredictable. Having gone years without using a pre-stain on soft woods, I heard from an old timer, whom I really admire, that it is a big help from causing the stain to pool and cause, as he called it, skid marks, on ur work.
However, I have found it to be unpredictable as far as trying have a consistent shade throughout a project, and it is an added step in the process.
Maybe I have yet to find a good mild pre-stain conditioner but I am about to go back to my old ways.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 10-23-2016 11:12 PM

I use dyes, shellac wash and barrier coats, and lacquer based pigment stains, usually Mohawk or Behlen, so not for me.

I personally think most home center stains are for suckers… The final look is often a crap shoot.

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#2 posted 10-24-2016 10:49 AM

The effort is usually directed at preventing “blotch”. I guess one person’s blotch is another person’s figure, so i don’t use conditioners a lot….come to think of it I don’t use stain a lot. But if I’m doing something for someone else (family members only) and they want stain, I have used the methods Oggie (ex lacquer based stains, never tried them) mentioned, and they work well enough I don’t see a need for other concoctions.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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