Stain keeps showing up blochy!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by rjarman5 posted 11-22-2016 12:50 AM 547 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View rjarman5's profile


2 posts in 695 days

11-22-2016 12:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stain blochy finishing

Hello! This is a first post here and I’m hoping to get some good advice! For the background, I’ve not been doing woodworking for long, so things like what kind of wood, I’m unfortunately not sure of. I’m refinishing the dining room table that’s in the link. It was sanded down to 320 grit, I used pre stain conditioner, then golden pecan minwax water based stain. Unfortunately after two coats, the wood turned up blochy like you can see in the photo (it’s still damp from the second coat of stain, so it’s darker and actually so far less blochy than the first time). it doesn’t seem thato differences in grain matter much as far as the blochy look seems random.

Any help or advice on where to go from here (or any further clarifying questions) please let me know!


4 replies so far

View Logan Windram's profile

Logan Windram

347 posts in 2606 days

#1 posted 11-22-2016 01:19 AM

It might just be the wood and how it absorbs pigment… I wonder if 320 prohibits pigment absorption, maybe that’s too fine. Also, did you completely remove the previous finish, how did you go about confirming that?

This is why I don’t stain anything, what a pain.

View Carloz's profile


1147 posts in 735 days

#2 posted 11-24-2016 01:38 AM

Take a sander and sand to bare wood. Then sand to 150 and reapply the stain. Going any higher makes no difference besides ensuring poor and uneven stain penetration.

View rjarman5's profile


2 posts in 695 days

#3 posted 11-28-2016 09:24 PM

Thanks for the responses! I’m not sure i’ll be able to sand off the couple coats of stain that i’ve got on there easily? I mind as well give it a go though as it is definitely in my opinion not satisfactory to give back to this lady all blotchy like this. Hopefully that works! I’ll head down and give it a go. Thanks!

View Wondermutt's profile


69 posts in 1000 days

#4 posted 12-02-2016 02:12 PM

Probably nothing to do with your situation, but if you fold the application rags, there is less chance of getting thin or thick spots of stain during application.

Before you sand it all off, test your stain on a scrap piece from the project. Make sure there is not any oils or something else that may be causing your coverage issues that you can not see. Also, if you use finer grits of paper, make sure you have removed all of the fine dust from the wood grain. I have used 320 with no issues, but I wipe it all down with a tack cloth prior to applying the stain.

I have OCD and that’s just my thing.

Hope that helps


Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics