Light Stain on Red Oak

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Forum topic by LawrenceKent78 posted 11-06-2013 01:17 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 01:17 AM

I am currently refinishing a 4×10 dining table. I have sanding everything back to the bare wood (no chemical strippers used) and now I am at the staining stage. I did apply a coat of Sealcoat to the bare wood to help prevent any blotching and even out the color. I sanded the Sealcoat with 320 grit paper after it dried and vacuumed the entire project off. When I applied the stain (Red Mahogany Minwax) and let me stand and penetrate for about 5 minutes I wiped the excess off only to reveal a much little result than intended. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the color I wanted) the result about a 4.

Any ideas on what I may or may not have done. I sanded the Sealcoat with a ROS to maybe remove some of the Sealcoat and applied it to that, but it was still too light of a color.

Please help me!!!

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 01:33 AM

Sealcoat’s the problem.
Get rid of it with a methylene chloride based stripper.
Wash down with naphtha.
Sand to 180.
Throw out the Minwax.
Stain with ZAR.

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 01:39 AM

Clint’s probably correct—the Sealcoat may be the problem. You probably don’t need a sealer on oak IMHO. I’ve had good liuck with Minwax stains. A lot of oak — especially old, previously finished oak — that I’ve used, was slow to take stain. You may need to leave it on longer — or apply more than one coat. Experiment on the underside of the table to see how long you should leave it on. I’ve also had better luck with oil-based stains as opposed to water-based when it comes to wood penetration. You could also try a gel stain.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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