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Cacleoa7

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03-18-2018 06:37 PM

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Hello! I have just started refinishing furniture. My specialty is chalk painting. However, my current clients project, she has asked me to refinish the top of her table and only chalk paint the legs. I sanded the finish off the top. There was no stain, just a clear coat. I stained once already and had blotches everywhere. So I sanded that off with an orbital sander…100, 150 and then 200 grit. I then researched on line forums and read that I should apply a pre stain so I did that and then applied a gel stain. My results were better but now, there is a strange darker area that is in the middle of the table. I am not a woodworker….but thought I may be able to do this project. I really want to get to the painting but can’t until I get the top figured out.

I have attached a picture of the table after I sanded it the last time and a picture of it, after two coats of mahogany gel stain. Can you please offer advice? ??! I’ve spent so much time and money on this tabletop and now wish I would have told her I could only do the chalk painting. ??

Thank you for any advice and/or help!


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 03-18-2018 06:50 PM

The particular pre stain conditioner you choose makes a big difference. I like to use bullseye shellac sealcoat, made by zinssner. Thin it 50/50 with denatured alcohol and brush, rag, or spray it onto bare wood. Let it dry and scuff sand it with a 320 grit soft sanding sponge. Clean the dust with a cheesecloth and you’re ready for stain.

Use the underside of the top as a sample board to test each step. That way you won’t have to keep redoing your work.
Good luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Cacleoa7

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#2 posted 03-18-2018 07:47 PM

Thank you for your reply. So, I need to sand and start over again, correct?

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 01:01 AM

I think so.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 12:17 PM

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