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Old 12-23-2011, 07:32 AM   #1
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I repaired a hole in a hollow door using a wire drywall repair patch and covering with spackle. When I applied stain to the door, I ended up with a dark area where the repair was done. While it looks better than a hole in the door, I would like to not have the repair be so visible. I am thinking of putting primer on the whole door before applying stain, but not sure if this can be done or what would be a good fix. Any ideas?

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Hi and welcome to the forum.
Your post is confusing, stain will not penetrate primer. If you mean to paint it, or use solid stain, then primer should help hide what you describe.

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Might try a solid gel stain. Prime and paint. You might try a wood graining faux finish tool. You apply the base color than a darker color over it when dry. Run the graining tool through the top coat before it dries.
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Just so you know- at this point you are doing a faux wood grain job. Google that or look in You tube to get ideas.
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I might try the gel stain. I want to keep stain on the door if possible but want the patched area to blend in with the rest of the door and not be darker. In my thinking I have to put something on the spackle that I used to repair so that the stain doesn't 'bleed' into it when applied. I think the gel stain would do that. If anyone has other suggestions, they would be welcome.
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We know Bud, and we're all very proud of you..... now go see Nurse Happypiller and she'll give you your medication.

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Ok I'll do it then.
Completly the wrong way to try and fix this.
A whole new door would have cost about $20.00 and it would look far better.
Drywall compound was never meant to be stained and I see no way it's ever going to not stick out.

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I fear the OP may not be using anything with the stability of drywall compound. He said he used spackle---that light airy stuff good for absolutely nothing but filling tiny pinholes.
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Ok I'll do it then.
Completly the wrong way to try and fix this.
A whole new door would have cost about $20.00 and it would look far better.
Drywall compound was never meant to be stained and I see no way it's ever going to not stick out.
Agree. The door will never look right. Even with painting it, the patch will still be noticeable. I would replace the door also.

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