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So my guitchair is in the finishing stage now. Just stained it last night and there's what appears to be a glue type smear on the top back. I used hide glue, and was careful not to get too much of it anywhere else, and I'm sure this stain wasn't from my doing, but prior finish and abuse the chair saw before I picked it out of a trash heap.

I wiped it down with mineral spirits the days before finish to find any spots that might need a little more sanding and didn't find anything; however as I was laying on the stain, this shined through.



I think it'll be less noticeable with the finish applied, but is there anything you might advise to minimize the chances of making it worse or perhaps make it better? The stain is Michael's Cherry which is commonly used for mission style furniture, and I really had to drench it with one coat to get it into some deep grain pores. I could apply another coat which would darken it up quite a bit.

The chair had been in the trash and had some rot, splits, stains, paint, sun damage, etc. when I found it. I have a series in my blog about the restoration: http://lumberjocks.com/CueballRosendaul/blog/45913

The picture makes it look a lot worse than it actually is. Here is a snapshot of the chair from the back


I left a lot of scars, plugs, and wood filler to give the chair some character, but I'd like to minimize this blemish. Any advice?

Matt
 

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Sand it back to bare wood and try other solvents such as alcohol and/or lacquer thinner. They might be able to lift the stain. No guarantees, especially because you don't know what is causing it. Depends on how much it bothers you.
 

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Looks like a spot from a wet rag.The water raised the grain and it took more stain. Just sand it back a little to even the grit and re-stain it and you should be fine. Fix it before you apply any finish
 

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Matt, I got almost the exact same problem on this project, My solution was to rewet with mineral spirits pretty liberally, and then using a clean dry rag rub the stain out to even the coloring, it was not a perfect repair, but it's mostly only noticeable if you're close enough and know where to look. I think I just had some of the stain dry before I could wipe off but it may have been from the sanding points raised by Bondo, I tried the quick fix before sanding out, and if it was something id look at every day i probbably would have sanded it out.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I'll try some vigorous rubdowns with mineral spirits and maybe some acetone or lacquer thinner and steel wool before sanding it bare. At least I can isolate the refinishing or fixing to that one whole slat, unlike a table top or something broad. It definitely needs to be fixed though because I'll have to look at it every day and now that the stain is pretty dry it's really obvious. I'll post pix once I fix it.
 

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IWUD4U has it right. Looks just like some water stains that got onto several things I did when I was in the woodworking business. Sand it to bare wood, stain it, check it out. If the stain is still there, repeat until it's gone. ....... Jerry (in Tucson)
 
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