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Old 09-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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The pictures probably explain it best.

After staining the whole project, I had streaks, strips, grain patterns, and random spots that took very little or no stain at all.

I tried to sand down those areas (despite gumming up a lot of sandpaper) and applying stain just to the areas that needed it.

That didn't work. For the most part, the areas only took a little stain, and the result was blotches.

So I decided to clean the wood off and try again.
I poured mineral spirits over one of the work pieces and spread it with a cotton applicator. I let it set for 10 minutes and then wiped it off with cotton cloths.
Then I repeated the process.

A lot of the stain came off, but it was obvious that not much more was going to come off if I did it a third time.

So that's how far I am now.

From the pics, the piece in front is the one I tried to strip clean with mineral spirits. The piece in the back is another piece that I only applied the first coat of stain to. On both, I've highlighted the spots that are the trouble.
I assume some of it is glue residue that didn't get sanded off.

Can somebody tell me, based on the above info and the pictures, what do I need to do from here to get all the pieces as dark as the back piece in the pic, but without the blemishes and unstained spots.

Please be specific. I generally follow directions to the letter, but I must be missing something, and I don't want to keep staining and removing stain. I'm sure the wood won't take a lot more mineral spirits, sanding, and stain too (especially the plywood parts).

On a second note, is all this mineral spirits dousing going to make this thing highly combustible later? It's a crib for my daughter and I want it to be safe.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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before staining you should apply wood conditioner within 40 minutes of applying stain. it will even out how the wood takes the stain to reduce blotchiness

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but what should I do about gettting the rest of the existing stain off the wood?
I don't want to keep sanding until I tear through the veneer of the plywood.

I saw some deck stripper at Lowes that looks like if you pour it on wood, it will remove the stain altogether, but I didn't buy it because it doesn't even suggest using it on indoor wood.

Other furniture stripping products say varnish, lacquer, paint, etc., but don't mention stain at all.
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its too late now.. the stains in there.. the real wood can be sanded but your gonna have to remove quite a bit of material. plywood only has maybe a 1/8 veneer before the core
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so my question is, from where I am right now, what is the best course of action?
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This is a crib. You should carefully consider whether you really want to put your daughter in a crib that is stained with (almost certainly) toxic chemicals. Some children gnaw on wood, so you may want to consider building the crib using non-toxic material, or at least stains or varnishes which are specifically designed for use in a crib. Some kitchen counters are made of wood (a little rare, but done sometimes). There are specific oils that can be used on food preparation surfaces, they may be applicable to a crib setting.
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The pictures probably explain it best.

After staining the whole project, I had streaks, strips, grain patterns, and random spots that took very little or no stain at all.

I tried to sand down those areas (despite gumming up a lot of sandpaper) and applying stain just to the areas that needed it.

That didn't work. For the most part, the areas only took a little stain, and the result was blotches.

So I decided to clean the wood off and try again.
I poured mineral spirits over one of the work pieces and spread it with a cotton applicator. I let it set for 10 minutes and then wiped it off with cotton cloths.
Then I repeated the process.

A lot of the stain came off, but it was obvious that not much more was going to come off if I did it a third time.

So that's how far I am now.

From the pics, the piece in front is the one I tried to strip clean with mineral spirits. The piece in the back is another piece that I only applied the first coat of stain to. On both, I've highlighted the spots that are the trouble.
I assume some of it is glue residue that didn't get sanded off.

Can somebody tell me, based on the above info and the pictures, what do I need to do from here to get all the pieces as dark as the back piece in the pic, but without the blemishes and unstained spots.

Please be specific. I generally follow directions to the letter, but I must be missing something, and I don't want to keep staining and removing stain. I'm sure the wood won't take a lot more mineral spirits, sanding, and stain too (especially the plywood parts).

On a second note, is all this mineral spirits dousing going to make this thing highly combustible later? It's a crib for my daughter and I want it to be safe.
what you are getting is blotching. All wood has soft grain and hard grain and will not absorb stain evenley. I make jewelry box's and use this stuff from here. watch the video and you will see what i mean their will be other with their idea, but i use this product and it work's for me good luck the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfCYM...=InTheWorkshop
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Did you use Polyshades instead of stain by chance?
That sure looks like white oak, if it I would not use Wood Conditioner as suggested. It's made to be used with soft woods.

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