|Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler||posted 06-14-2012 09:30 PM||2549 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-14-2012 09:30 PM
I bought an old trunk in a garage sale. It was super sturdy and well made but it was painted white. I stripped the paint only to find that the flat part of the lid was not Oak like the rest of the trunk. It appears to be regular plywood.
I sanded then applied minwax walnut gel. The oak stained perfectly. I love it. The plywood top was coming out nice until I wiped off the gel. There are 3 streaks in that plywood that won’t absorb the gel at all!? They look so bad in fact that I am taking my upholstery skills in hand and I am going to cover the entire top within the nice looking oak trim.
What else can I share here? After I stripped the paint, I sanded down with 3m 100 grit then 150 grit. The streaks are independent of the grain. They were invisible to the eye until I appled stain. Resanding had Zero impact on the streaks.
Was it my method that botched up the wood or should I have avoided ever trying to refinish plywood? Could it be something else?
By the way, I have looked over the other posts about uneven asorption of stain. i felt this problem was a little different that those.
Thanks in advance for your sage comments!
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