|Forum topic by dreamdogs||posted 600 days ago||790 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
600 days ago
Greetings all …
Well, things were going along pretty well and then trouble came along. I stripped and sanded an old fir sideboard, and then applied Charles Neil’s pre-color conditioner. That’s all the good part. I chose a Zar water-based stain and got to work.
Near as I can figure, here and there on the sideboard I applied the stain too thickly and/or didn’t wipe off the excess rapidly enough. Where I did wipe it down more quickly, I’ve got a nice color tone and the wood’s grain comes through well. Where I didn’t, I’ve got a muddy look (not blotching, but very thick stain) and/or thick brushstrokes. Total stupidity on my part.
I’m wondering whether:
1. there’s a product, a solvent sort of deal, with which I could wipe down the whole mess, or;
2. putting more stain on a rag (I intend to put another coat of stain on the whole piece anyway) and having at it with some elbow grease will resolve the issue, or;
3. the last thing I want to do … sand it back to bare wood and start aaalll over again with the conditioner and stain (properly applied this time).
Your thoughts … please?
I ain’t blaming the product, but gotta stay that Zar stain had a thicker consistency than I expected. It kind of “dragged” on the wood (the room was plenty warm while I was working). Anyway, again, I doubt it’s the product, but if I have to go back to bare wood, I do believe I’ll try a dye.
Most appreciative of any insights you’ve got. The project has been some work but had been going along pretty merrily. Right this moment, however, I’m thinking a can of paint might just put the thing out of its misery.