Problem - Polyurethane bleaches out Stain Color on Maple Table
I have an odd problem. I'm refinishing an old hard maple table from the '40s.
Olympic Premium Interior Oil-Based Wood Stain, Colonial Maple, number 41533
and a topcoat of
Olympic Premium Interior Water-Based Polyurethane, Clear Satin number 42786
I stripped and sanded and applied the Stain which gave a deep, rich, reddish tone to the wood.
I then topcoated with the Polyurethane and it washed out the color! The parts of the table I've finished are a nice clear coat, but the stain barely shows at all. It's a disappointment as I really enjoy the sensuous reds in the stain.
This was a surprise as I've done a few other projects with the same combination. An Oak piece worked great and a soft-wood art piece also had good results.
I have several basic questions if anyone has an idea what went wrong:
WHY is it that the Polyurethane is messing up the stain?
Is there any way I can prevent it prior to staining the rest of the project?
Can I do something to bring back the reds on the parts that I've already topcoated?
Is there anything else you can suggest?
Thanks so much for your help.