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Please Need Help with Finishing Birch Speakers!!

by Matt_L
posted 10-10-2017 02:50 PM

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#1 posted 10-11-2017 12:10 AM

I see the unevenness you are talking about, but I don’t think it looks awful. The average person wouldn’t even pay that much attention to it. You can try wiping them down with some paint thinner to see if they even out a little. Best case, they lighten up and you can apply more stain.

The paint thinner will act as a conditioner by wetting the areas that are prone to being darker and limiting the stain that soaks in there.

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#2 posted 10-11-2017 02:36 AM

I am no expert but I don’t think that adding more stain is going to help any. This sort of blotchiness is a fairly common with birch so short of treating with a blotch control product before you applied the stain, there probably is not much you can do. Personally, I don’t think it looks that bad so I would probably just put a clear topcoat on it.

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#3 posted 10-11-2017 02:43 AM

Looks fine to me. I’m pretty picky, typically, but I would be okay with those results.

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 02:02 PM

consider this a lesson you learned …move on to next project …do not sand again you will surely go through the veneer …then that would look worse :<))

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#5 posted 10-11-2017 02:39 PM

Apply your first coat of finish, when dry do a VERY LIGHT scuff sand with some 600 or so, avoid edges, dont want to go thru. Its more of a light wipe tp remove any fuzzies,
Then go back over it with your stain or dye , its called glazing, it will help to even out he color some and make the color deeper and richer. when dry add more topcoats.

Just say NO to polyshades, its horrible

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