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Old 05-21-2014, 07:55 PM   #31
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Minxax Polyurethane--discoloring help!


You need to learn a bit more about staining---the conditioner blocks the absorption of the stain,leaving you with a light color---more than one application of stain is fruitless--you want the color IN the wood--not on it.

Next time--skip the stain conditioner---if you are working on birch or other wood that blotches--wipe on some mineral spirits moments before you stain---that helps with the blotching---

If the sample does not look dark enough for you--mix or buy a darker stain.---one coat---that's it.

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Old 05-22-2014, 11:39 AM   #32
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You need to learn a bit more about staining---the conditioner blocks the absorption of the stain,leaving you with a light color---more than one application of stain is fruitless--you want the color IN the wood--not on it.

Next time--skip the stain conditioner---if you are working on birch or other wood that blotches--wipe on some mineral spirits moments before you stain---that helps with the blotching---

If the sample does not look dark enough for you--mix or buy a darker stain.---one coat---that's it.

That's is exactly. Veneer like that piece is made of will not absorb very much stain at all. The pre stain likely took up most of the 'room' in the wood grain and the stain could not penetrate.

It can be difficult to get deep rich colors like that with wiping stains. Furniture finishers often use sprayed toners to achieve uniform dark stained colors like that.

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