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Posted on Stain pulled in a couple spots under Arm R Seal application

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 11:47 AM

IMHO – Putting Oil based stain on top of Arm-R-Seal (ARS) is not going to have good adhesion. It will likely rub off even easier with next coat of finish?

Suggest using a the oil stain (or a dye stain) as toner. Mix different small amounts of stain into a couple 1-2 ounce cups of ARS thinned 50/50 with paint thinner. Then use the colored poly to balance out the color in panel. It is slow process, so have patience. Might even need to use small artist brushes, or an air brush to make it look right. If don’t like it, wipe it off with Mineral spirits and try again.
Once the ARS dries/cures, it will not move around like using only oil stain on top of finish.
Be sure to blend the edges of ARS color patch with 600 grit. Then scuff sand everything with 0000 steel wool or white plastic buff pad before the next the ARS layer to avoid creating new striations where the colored ARS stops/starts. It takes the touch of artist to make toning colors work, it can muddy the grain slightly, but it does work.

User toners is common technique for adjusting stain colors with variances in wood, or touch up. If you like to learn more about the technique, it is mostly used with spray lacquer finishes in online documentation. But can be extended to other finishes with proper edge blending and a ton of patience.

Best Luck!

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