|Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust||posted 08-14-2013 10:19 PM||1557 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-14-2013 10:19 PM
I have some wood windows that needed to be finished. Based on advice here on LJs and elsewhere, I went with the water-based GF stain. I did a couple of sample pieces – just flat boards to see how it looks. The color came out well enough to make my wife happy so I decided to go with it. I was using a brown walnut stain.
I used the GF pre-stain conditioner first. When I applied the finish after that is when the trouble began. The stain dried so fast that I never got a chance to wipe it off and even out the color. Basically by the time I did one side of the window frame. I followed the instructions, using a foam brush, and applying a generous amount so that it would be workable. From my results workable means if you wipe it off before it is completely dry you get a weird light reddish-brown color. If I waited just a little longer, it was set up so much that I couldn’t wipe it at all.
The end result is the most embarrassing wood-based project I have ever done. Now I have the windows – frames and sashes stained way too dark (because of using plenty of stain so it is workable) but it is streaky, and inconsistent and ugly. I don’t want to paint these windows for several reasons so I’m trying to figure out how best to get at least most of the stain off so I can assess what my next options are.
Any help is appreciated.