Bloching pine stairs

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Forum topic by mavdoc posted 08-30-2007 03:59 AM 1259 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2007 03:59 AM

I did not pre-treat my pine stair treads and, therefore, I have multiple, dark bloches on 15 stair treads leading from the main level of the house to the basement. Not very bright on my part, but now I am looking for a possible solution to fix my mistake. The stain is too dark, custom mixed by a local paint store, to match my honey oak hardwood floors on the uptairs level, but it was not even close. I would greatly appreciate any help in solving this problem. My only other solution is to paint the stairs, probably white, to match the wood trim going down the stairs.
Thank you.

-- Bob, Tennessee,

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-30-2007 01:37 PM

I guess paint. nothing comes to mind.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 08-30-2007 02:01 PM

The August 2007 issue of Fine Woodworking has your answer on page 45, item #6. You’re looking at having to remove the stain and starting over. Then applying a coat of shellac and then re-stain. She also mentions using a glaze if the wood is not too blotchy. Another consideration is the fact that the stairs are located in a basement run…you’ll need more light. Dark stairs and a dimly lit staircase could be an accident waiting to happen.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 02:25 AM

Try scrubbing the dark stain with course nylon pad and naphtha or lacquer thinner. Once the pigment is gone. Dry the wood and remove the dye with household laundry bleach. let it dry, then wash off with water. Then restain.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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