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Posted on Even standing on dyed wood. SealCoat?

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#1 posted 09-07-2017 01:55 AM

Greg,

It sounds like we have a similar skill set when it comes to finishing woods. Therefore, you may want to disregard some (or all) of my post in favor of others with more knowledge and experience.

My first thought is that it would be great if you could find an area where you could test some finishing protocols. I notice that painter’s tape is protecting the stairs at the floor. Perhaps a section of the painter’s tape could be removed and then that area worked to remove the old finish. If successful, there would be an area that presumably would never be seen and where the method for staining as well as the best color of stain can be discovered.

I agree that applying a seal coat before applying a gel stain would probably keep the stain from penetrating deep into the wood. However, if it is discovered that staining over the sealed wood prevents enough of the stain’s pigment from entering the wood, it could require re-sanding.

If you elect to forego the seal coat and apply gel stain directly to the wood, the gel stain could be applied to areas that require darkening and then immediately wiped away; based on my understanding that stains darken the wood the longer it sets on the wood. If the wood is not dark enough to match the surrounding wood, another layer of gel stain could be similarly applied to further darken the area. Once the colors of the spot-stained areas closely match the surrounding wood, then staining the entire area in an effort to even out the color might achieve the results you are after.

I would be inclined to use a stain rather than a dye so that there could be a little more control of the process of incrementally coloring the wood.


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