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I am refinishing an old desk chair. The chair is made of both hardwood and plywood. I sanded the entire chair and removed all the old finish. Then, I applied minwax wood conditioner and followed it up with a coat of minwax oil based stain (dark walnut). The back slats for the chair are plywood and the stain does not look very good on the plywood. The rest of the chair looks ok and I am thinkig about applying a second coat of stain to make it a little darker.

Any suggestions on what to do about the plywood section? Should I apply a coat of shellac on the entire chair before wiping on a second coat of stain? I apply a second coat of stain and it still looks bad, what then?

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Mordi
 

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really hard to say without any pictures. if you put a second coat of shellac on then that will reduce how much round 2 of the stain is absorbed…which you may or may not want. you could paint the plywood parts a contrasting color.
 
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