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Posted on Stain over sanding sealer?

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 11:58 PM

You should be able to stain over the sanding sealer. Sort of like using a washcoat. I presume that you have sanded the sanding sealer, so I would just rub on the stain (are you going to use the same stain?), leave it on a couple of minutes, and wipe it off. The sanding sealer should prevent blotching and allow you to keep the grain patterns visible. You can do multiple coats of the stain until you are satisfied with the colour. I would remember that the final colour after the finishing will probably look more like the wet stain than the dried version.

I think that the raw lumber should model the plywood veneer. I would DEFINITELY test the staining on scrap and would use the raw lumber if that is the only thing you have. There is one question that I can’t answer, which is whether the stain will interact with the sanding sealer, but this should be very apparent on the scrap no matter what the colour result is. I usually use shellac as my washcoat under water based dye to avoid blotching but (dewaxed) shellac is pretty much compatible with anything…

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