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Forum topic by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 08-15-2010 08:39 PM 1130 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2010 08:39 PM

Good Sunday Morning to you,

I am currently entering into the first stages of staining my floor to ceiling bookcase and I have decided to use Miniwax Hickory Color gel stain. The bookcase is made out of Knotty Alder because I am going for the western rustic look being in Arizona, but I want the stain to give it a bit of a elegant look to it. My question to the knowing gel stain user is even after going through the 100 to 220 to 400 grit sanding, preconditioning the wood and only then applying the gel why does an appearance of blotchy-ness still appear? I have lightly applied generous amounts gel stain to the wood by using a circular motion and wiping off the excess per the instructions. Is there something different about darker gel stains than, say, “natural color” gel stains? I fear my inexperience and/or impatience is pushing to use a HVLP spray gun for improved stain consistency across the wood. I am appreciative to anyone who will share their experience, advice, opinions, etc. on gel stains. Thank you for your time.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 11:49 PM

If you prepare your wood well especially when you already use the wood conditioner, the risk of blotchy is less.
Try to do your gel satin in small piece first then see the result.

I still prefer to do spray application in staining, since it much more safe to avoid the blotchy.

Blotchy problems in wood finishing

Good luck



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