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Posted on What to use after staining before applying water based poly?

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 03:06 PM

I think most people get into finishing trouble because they don’t make sample boards. Or if they do, its just an un-sanded board with some stain wiped on. Take your sample boards through each and every step of the process, including topcoat. That is the only way to know how your finishing schedule will turn out.

Shellac Sealcoat mixed 50/50 with denatured alcohol makes a perfect pre-stain conditioner to prevent blotching (I realize that doesn’t help you now, but something to keep in mind for next time).

I never sand the stain coat. That is dangerous. With water based products I pre-raise the grain, and sand before staining.

At this point I would take some sample boards to where you are now in the finishing process. Try one with a coat of thinned shellac. Let that dry and scuff sand before applying another coat of stain. See if it evens out the color. This is not the ideal way (more of a glazing technique that simple staining) but it may help this project along.

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