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I am finishing my plant stand project and having trouble with the stain being splotchy. On red oak, I applied a 2lb cut of amber shellac. Lightly sanded with 400 grit. Then, applied 2 coats of GF walnut gel stain. I chose the shellac under coat and gel stain specificly to aviod the splotch. Any advice out there?

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I'm thinking that the 2lb cut of shellac is the problem. If it wasn't applied & sanded evenly it is blocking even stain penetration. On red oak you shouldn't have to deal with hardly any blotching I would have skipped the shellac.

It it was me I would sand and start over for the best results, depending on how bad it is. If your spraying you could try using a toner coat.
 
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