Wood staining questions
first staining project.
I built a crib out of white oak.
I'm using Minwax oil stain.
Several people told me that I didn't need the pre-stain because the wood is white oak. So I didn't use it.
I sanded thoroughly (so i thought) with 220 all over, and applied the first layer of stain. When i wiped the stain off, there were places on the wood where the stain didn't take. In some cases, I'm sure it was glue residue. I sanded a lot, but the spots are along the glued seams, so that seems obvious. A few others are in the field of the wood (mainly the plywood parts, not the hardwood parts). And there are a few tiny spots throughout where no stain go into the areas with deeper grain.
I'm about to apply a second coat, and I'm not sure how to proceed.
The stain instructions say not to sand between coats.
Should I go over the bad spots with 220 again before the second coat? Should I try to "spot stain" the bad areas before putting on a second coat?
Should I sand the entire thing with a finer grit to keep it uniform?
or quite simply, what should I do to get a more uniform stain?
(The stain is not "splotchy", it's just these spots that didn't take stain.)