Water stain blotch/streak. Please, someone be a hero.

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Forum topic by mlipps posted 12-12-2016 03:35 AM 1502 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2016 03:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table farm table general finishes water stain water stain water stain streaks first coat staining help

Hi LJs,

I’m having an issue. I’ve already sanded the table down once because I was getting streaks. The next time some how I was more consistent with my wiping off but I still wasn’t perfect. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong and I don’t know how to fix this one blemish or if there is even a way to. I’m hoping someone can offer me some advice otherwise I’m one more snow storm away from making this table firewood. The most difficulty I’m finding is having to wipe across the grain because this table top has breadboard ends. I always finish WITH the grain, but when wiping off the middle section, getting some cross grain wipage seems unavoidable.

I pre-wet the surface before applying the water stain. Made it much easier. I worked applying the stain and keeping it wet while another person (actually) wiped it off. Seemed to work really well, but, well, you know the story.

The table top is made of ash. I’m using General Finishes water stain in espresso. I’m planning on putting on another coat. Please. Help. Me.


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#1 posted 12-12-2016 03:54 AM

That has happened to me with thicker stains in the past, mostly gel stains. It looks like a rag wet with stain sloshed the table, and it dried before it was wiped down.

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#2 posted 12-12-2016 04:37 AM

Yeah, is there anything I can do?

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 04:46 AM

I’d say to move on. Honestly, I’m a perfectionist like you, but sometimes you just gotta say what the heck. It’s a beautiful table top. Trust me, no one will notice unless you point it out to them.

If I came to your house, I’d compliment your good work.

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 05:09 AM

I’m not sure how the WB stain will do but with oil stains you could usually just sand the spot back with some fine paper to get the surface grit back to the same as the rest, then re apply the stain and it will blend right back in.
I would give it a try, what’s to loose?
Maybe make up a sample pc. swipe the center with a wet rag (try to duplicate the same mark) then stain it.
try the method mentioned and see what happens. Ash is pretty hard, I think you may get good results.

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 12:54 PM

On a surface that size no one will notice but you. I haven’t worked with GF wb stains (I use Target WR4000), so try this on scrap if you have it. Use a rag or sponge wet with stain and re-wet the area. The binder may soften enough to allow blending the area.

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#6 posted 12-12-2016 01:26 PM

Can you scrape the area to bare wood and touch it up?


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#7 posted 12-12-2016 02:33 PM

My first attempt would be to scrape the area with a single edge razor blade held perpendicular to the surface. scrape like you were scraping a baby’s butt. Lite pressure, even strokes. you may be able to remove the excess material that was deposited on your wiped surface.

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#8 posted 12-12-2016 03:04 PM

I am always hesitant to resand or scrape something like this. I’ve found it it will still be noticeable, sometimes even worse than before.

I would go ahead with the second coat first it may even it out.

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#9 posted 12-12-2016 03:04 PM

I would say scrape with a card scraper.


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#10 posted 12-12-2016 04:36 PM

It’s a water stain so as a result, the area that I would want to scrape off isn’t proud of the service. Similar to an oil stain in a shirt. I spoke to the folks at GF and they said when applying the top coat or another stain (which is what I’m doing) is to add 5-10% of top coat and 5% water to the stain and then apply the second coat. Over the area with the blotch, try and feather it. They said, it should loosen the stain a bit. I’ll give that a whirl. But I have to say, this staining process hasn’t been easy. Any more advice is welcome, heck, it’s encouraged. Thanks LJers!

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