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Forum topic by joeygiordano posted 12-28-2016 03:06 AM 477 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2016 03:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak

Ok so.. this is my first big project. I’ve done some small stuff like blanket chests, etc but this is my first larger piece. I took my time and was as meticulous as I could be with the tools I had to work with. So my question is. if you look at the picture, the middle drawer on the right side has a discoloration on it. It appeared as I wiped on the top coat. my finishing process was as follows:

-Sanded to 220
-Misted with water to raise the grain
-sanded to 220
-Dyed with Transtint honey amber 50/50 w/ water
-light 220 sanding (still some grain raise)
-1 coat non waxed shallac
-Sanded with 400
-Stained with Varathane dark walnut gel
-Light sanding with 400
-3 coats Gen Finishes arm r seal ( light 400 sanding between coats)

The blemish appeared as I wiped on the first coat of arm r seal. Almost like the stain didn’t completly take in that one spot.

Any ideas on what happened?
Anything I can do to fix it other than making a new drawer front?
There is also a small spot on one of the doors not shown in picture.

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 03:35 AM

Looks like something contaminated the wood, take it down to bare wood and re finish, just something to try

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 03:41 AM

It looks like something sealed the wood in that area before you started your finishing schedule.Or something affected the finish after you were done.
So you didn’t noticed the area when you first started?
I would just refinish it.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 03:46 AM

There was no sign of anything. Until I wiped over it with the arm r seal.

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 03:46 AM

Which Trans Tint dye, liquid or powder, Liquid mix with Alcohol it wont raise the grain like mixed in water.
To fine a grit for a oil based stain, you Burnished the wood and it would/did not take the stain 220 at most, most oil based stains say sand to 150, been there done that.
Know to why that one area no idea
Otherwise your whole procedure was in line, just a bit to fine on the sanding.

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 03:50 AM

Thanks everyone. I’ll just refinish it…

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 03:53 AM

It was liquid transtint. I was going to use alcohol but I had never used dye before and I was afraid it would dry too fast.

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