I’m building a kitchen table for my parents and my mom wants it stained to match their kitchen cabinets.
I never stain any projects because I just use the natural beauty of the woods to enhance the look. Now that I have to stain this project it is driving me nuts with the blotching.
I purchased Minwax’s pre-stain conditioner. I’ve tried a variety of tests with how long to let the conditioner dry before applying. My test boards and times looked great. When i did the top, it looked good except for on specific board that had horrible blotching. I removed the stain by sanding it clean and reapplied the conditioner. Now the top looks even worse and because even more blotching has shown.
I’m going to use a stripper to clean the top tonight. Any suggestions as to how long to wait? Do you have better results with applying the stain to the board when the conditioner is a little wet?
It seems that every piece of wood on this project is reacting COMPLETELY different according to my test board. I feel like I’m treading water in the ocean with a 100 pound weight tied to my waist…please help with any advise.
Are there any tricks at all?? Or should I just use Bullseye shellac with a mix of denatured alcohol….if so, what ratios and dry times have been successful???
Thanks in advance,