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.)
But I've already stained the whole project with one coat.
So the question is, should I sand the entire project again or just the trouble spots, and should I go down to a coarser grit and then 220 again?
There's no way I can sand back down below the stain at this point. I just don't know what the effects of sanding the stain with 220 will be.