Stain challenged area on red oak unfinished mantel

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Forum topic by Tomas21 posted 12-09-2011 06:28 PM 1840 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2011 06:28 PM

I sanded an area of our mantel that had a bur in the wood. After putting now two coats of stain on it, the area indicated in the pics below is only section that doesn’t seem to be taking the stain like every other area of the entire mantle. This was a completely unfinished fresh oak mantel and not veneer on the area I’m speaking about.

Note: When I received the mantel from mantelsdirect I lightly hit the entire mantel with 150 grit. The area that had a bur in the wood I used 80, 150, and last 180 with some good elbow grease to get the area fixed. I hit the entire mantel with a tack cloth before applying any of the stain.

Any input or tips to get this one area to take stain like all other areas is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 06:43 AM

Work in some more stain to just that area, using a rag, add as many coats as necessary to match the surrounding area. Allow time to dry between coats and try not to rub too hard. It should even out with a little patience.

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 04:08 PM

I agree with cjwillie and will add you may want to try thinning the stain a bit for the first couple of coats. Stain soaks into wood at different rates from the first coat to the last. The first coat soaks the most, and typically every coat after that takes a little less. Even sanding doesn’t get back to coat 1. The only other option would be to sand it ALL even. I’d add some stain to the light area like suggested, let it sit for a while before wiping it off on each coat.

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 06:45 PM

You said you sanded with “some good elbow grease”. It’s possible that you burnished that area so the wood pores won’t absorb the stain. I agree with WudnHevn that you might try to rough up the area then stain again.

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 05:53 PM

Thanks for all the tips.. went ahead and roughed up the area with 150 grit. Will keep you updated on the progress on blending the stain in

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 06:26 PM

Great advice, so far. Just one more comment in relation to stain: I generally don’t sand anything at a higher grit than 150 if I’m going to stain it.

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 06:45 PM

WudnHvn is right… sanding that area with the higher grit will cause it to take the stain differently.

I would resand the entire mantle with 150 and restain. (180 if you like the lighter color)

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