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#1 posted 02-09-2018 02:19 PM

The sanding sealer is fine and you should be able to stain over it without a problem. I use it or a thinned shellac to control the stain on wood that tends to be blotchy when stained in the raw. You will need to sand it carefully with 220 0r 320 to cut the surface film and any grain that might raise.
If darker is what you want you may need to apply two coats of stain, let it dry between coats. I think you will need to experiment with sample pieces of wood for the color and possibly even mix your own combinations to get you desired results; Im thinking a cherry stain mixed with some maple or golden oak (I do it all the time, especially if I m trying to match an older finish). Also check the final color you decide on by applying a coat of your top finish because that can cause the color to shift a little in it s appearance.

- LesB

Thanks for the color mixing suggestions! I know I don’t want it quite as dark as our normal stain color—that would cover up all the cool knots and grain for sure, but maybe a lightened up cherry would compliment the already pinkish hue of the wood.

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