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

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 09:49 AM

Now that you have blotching you have a few options.

1) Sand the whole thing down and start over (probably best choice but most irritating)
2) seal coat of dewaxed shellac
3) Gel stain on top of what you already did. The Gel stain works well for blotching woods and stays mostly on the surface. You can then go over that with poly.

The best advice here though that everyone has given you is use a test piece before moving on. Recreate the stain on the maple scrap and then see which works best.

For sanding between finish coats use as high a grit as you like the feel of. 400-600 will work fine. Sand just enough to smooth it to the touch.

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