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Forum topic by Ruffian998 posted 03-29-2015 10:57 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2015 10:57 PM

Hi everyone, been following for a while and this is my first post. I’ve run into a problem staining my second wood working piece. I had put one coat of stain on, watco Danish mahogany red, and that was about a week ago. Well there were some areas where I didn’t care for how it looked around where I had used some wood filler. So I sanded it down some more today and the proceeded to put the second coat on. Well now it’s almost as if the stain isn’t even being absorbed into the wood.!


Any ideas? Sand some more?

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 01:03 AM

The poly in the Watco has sealed the wood preventing further uptake of stain. My take is that Watco Danish Oil is more of a colored finish rather than a stain.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 01:45 AM

I agree with gfadvm, looks like the Watco has sealed the wood. I’m not a professional, and I’ve not used the mahogany red, but I have used the walnut danish oil. I like to sand it in. For instance, if I’ve sanded the piece to 180, I’ll take a piece of 220, and sand the project with the danish oil. I usually let it set for 15 min and wipe of the excess, and then wait an hour and repeat. I’d try it on a piece of scrap and see if it works for you.

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 01:52 AM

I’m guessing you sanded extra long on those areas with the filled holes and maybe to even up the seam between the horizontal and vertical pieces. Without knowing it you can sand more in one area than another and affect how much stain can be absorbed in one area as opposed to another. Also as Andy has said, the poly has cured and prevents further uptake. I believe the instructions call for applying, removing and reapplying all while it is still “wet”. A week later it is not wet.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 05:39 AM

I don’t know what you have done, but you could make small decorative trim to cover over the the areas which bother you covering over the filler.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 07:12 AM

Watco isn’t really a stain, or at least not just a stain.. it’s an oil and varnish with some color added. I doubt you will be able to sand it out to refinish as it soaks in pretty deep (too deep to just sand off). Doesn’t really look all that bad though.


PS: Along the lines of what pjones suggests above, perhaps some nice square/pyramid top wood bungs glued over those screw holes, stained to match (or maybe even a contrasting color) would look nice.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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