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01-20-2018 02:04 PM

hello – need help. sanded the top of a pine dining table (veneer). stained it with custom mix of minwax oil based stain / did not clear coat. grew tired of project and left in garage for months. when resuming the project – noticed some ‘wear’ on the table – decided to take a damp paper towel and quickly wipe down a large streak. wiped semi-hard and then after wiping, noticed a streak or area of whiteness or lightness where I had wipes. was not moisture as I tried to blow dry and iron (over a white towel without steam). I am wondering if I simply removed some of the stain (?). not sure what to do… thoughts:

can I apply a clear or will white show through after clearing?
can I add a wood conditioner or a ‘natural’ stain to get rid of this white area?
do I need to apply a thin layer of darker stain?

please let me know your thoughts. prefer not to add another layer of stain as I like the color but not sure what to do…


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#1 posted 01-20-2018 05:19 PM

Was there any color on the paper towel after you wiped it? It sure looks like you wiped some off, and I think it will show after you topcoat it. I don’t use stain much, and haven’t really got a suggestion. But I’m pretty sure you’ll have to 1) live with it, or 2) add more color to the lightened area.

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 09:41 PM

I would try light sanding with 220 or so and then re-staining the whole top with the same material.

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 09:51 PM

Wipe the table down with Naptha or lacquer thinner or mineral spirits, let it dry,
Re-sand the top lightly to even the surface, then re-stain it and finish accordingly.

Should be fine.

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