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Forum topic by rkwoods posted 05-01-2015 06:52 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2015 06:52 PM

I have used Minwax oil stains for many years with very good results. Recently, I have been having small dots of stain appear at the end of the grain changes (where the darker more open grain is) on the face of red oak as the drying process occurs. I wipe them off and they reappear, although smaller. If i don’t catch them, the wood has a speckled appearance.
Anyone know if they have changed their formulation? I know everything today is about low VOC, thinking maybe a lowering of solvents or???

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 07:08 PM

Was the stain applied over a sealer? I have had this happen when staining over a diluted seal coat of shellac. I just plan on being nearby, and wipe the stain several times over the course of a few hours.

Minwax is really not my preferred brand of stain. I prefer thicker stains with a higher solid to dye ratio such as Rodda, Varathane, or Cabot. If you like thin bodied stains with a higher dye content, try Old Masters.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 02:24 PM

I know they changed the formula for their gallon cans, but not quart cans, at least for some of their stains. I know Golden Oak is one of them that has changed to a low VOC in the gallon can only. I get the bleed-out all the time that you mentioned, but I found a way to minimize it. On red oak, after staining and wiping it down good, I blow air on it with the compressor hose to blow all the stain out of the grain, then wipe it down again. If you do that a couple times, it should take care of the problem.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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