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Forum topic by Joe posted 03-29-2009 11:31 PM 1040 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2009 11:31 PM

Well I finished the other table and started prepping for the finish. For those that don’t know the tables are made from maple.

I decided on general finishes. I purchased some pre-stain, new pine gel and some Arm-R-Seal. I tried the stain out on some scrap looked ok. I put a coat on the top and wiped it off. It looks orange to me. I don’t really care for the look.

Can I sand that out or am I stuck like chuck? I want the look as when I wiped it down with mineral spirits. Thought by putting just the Arm-R-Seal on with no stain would give me that look. Tried it on some scrap, no dice.

Any help would be great.

-- Senior Chief

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 04:57 AM

Never cared for gel stain on large surfaces. They always seem to obscure the wood. They have their purpose, but I reserve gel stain for times when I must use it. A washcoat can have the same results in correcting blorchiness in many situations.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 07:05 PM

Yes, I think I will just finish the scrap to completion and see how it turns out. I should of known seeing how that gel stain had the clay color. I wonder what it would look like with the table tops stained and the rest natural.

-- Senior Chief

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