Trouble with blotchy stain on wood floor

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Forum topic by DummyDiy posted 11-30-2020 01:32 PM 199 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2020 01:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain floor sanding troubleshooting help

Hi all! I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s going on with this wood floor I’m staining. It takes in the stain super dark in some places, and others are the nice “golden oak” which matches what I expect. It is duraseal golden oak I’m using, and I’ve been experimenting with different sanding techniques, but sanding doesn’t seem to make a difference. When I look at the raw wood I see these variations in color, which get accentuated to an extreme when I apply stain.

Tomorrow I might go buy a preconditioner to see how much that helps. Any thoughts?

I’m attaching an image of what it looks like after staining… then I sanded down the middle to expose what the wood looks like underneath the stain.

Also, any guesses what species this is?

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 01:51 PM

Try using a sanding sealer before staining. I’m not sure what kind of wood that is but looks like pine. I found sanding sealer helps a lot for a more even stain color on pine and probably on some other woods too. My turning mentor told me to use “Lacquer sanding sealer” and dilute it 50/50 with lacquer thinner, this has worked well for me.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#2 posted 11-30-2020 02:10 PM

Pine is very notorious for blotching. I try to avoid staining it as much as possible.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-30-2020 03:45 PM

that looks like a piece of wood siding to me.
anyhoo, welcome to pine- where stains require a pre stain conditioner to stop blotchyness.
mineral spirits works good for that if using oil based stain.

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#4 posted 11-30-2020 03:52 PM

Try applying a wood conditioner. I have made some really nice projects out of stained pine. The only way i will stain it is if it has wood conditioner.

-- Dylan, O-H-I-O

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#5 posted 11-30-2020 04:26 PM

I gave up on regular stains on pine. I pretty much will only use General finishes oil based gel stain. It costs more than big box stain, but you don’t need to use pre stain conditioners with it, so it actually becomes similar priced/cheaper.

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