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Old 11-27-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Staining a Piece of Oak

Today I stained a piece of oak. After I stained it and it had dried for a couple of hours I noticed that there were some scratches in the wood that were showing up so I sanded a them out and then put stain over that area again.

It shows up way lighter than the original stain. I put a coat on, wiped it a few times and it is still light.

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Woody, wood has to be sanded uniformly for staining. If you concentrate on a particular spot longer than the surface in general you risk a non-uniform stain appearance. I'm not sure of the science behind it, but basically you altered the grain/surface/rate of absorption in that particular spot. Some stain experts here might have an alternate solution, but I would say you need to resand the whole surface and start over.

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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YOU ARE ALSO RUSHING THE STAIN! I hope you are using an oil-solvent stain on a nice piece of oak. No matter. You cannot even work (eg sand) a water-solvent stain in just a couple of hours. Please exercise patience lad!

The solvents carrying the stain had no chance to soak in let alone evaporate and with a power sander, I assume, you just added heat from the friction and melted the pigments in the stain in strange and mysterious ways before they got into the wood grain.

As suggested. Sand everything down uniformly if you can. AFTER THE STAIN HAS HAD A CHANCE TO SOAK IN AND THE SOLVENTS HAVE EVAPORATED? You may find gel stains helpful if you must blend in what you have because you cannot sand everything.

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Just a quick follow up. If you melted the pigments that were floating in the solvents of the stain mix they are now little globs. You may have to see if you can get them out.

Once the stain has dried. Shellac the surface. It is sticky stuff and should attach to what it can in the wood grain. Then use a gel stripper to pull the shellac and the gooey pigment it is attached too out. Sand and start over.

PATIENCE. Let the materials do their work.

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