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Forum topic by JHarshaw posted 08-12-2013 07:07 AM 1201 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2013 07:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood finish

I have some 3 yr old oak plywood that I am making into shelves. Some of the surfaces were exposed to sunlight apparently, as they are discolored- slightly darker shade. Unfortunately, the stain/discoloration is at times in the middle of a surface.

I hesitate to try sanding it out since I’ve read the surface layer is typically very thin and its easy to sand thru it.

Can I leave it as is and hope the gel stain masks the difference? Are there other ways to fix this? Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 12:28 PM

You should be able to see the thickness of each layer by looking at the end. I would think that sanding a bit should tell you how deep the coloration goes into the wood. If push comes to shove, you could paint it.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 07:16 AM

Hello Everyone!
My name is Brice and I am 20 years old. I am new to this forum, hope to spend a good time with all of you. Wish you all the best

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