Staining Tip's N Tricks
by Brian Calvert and Steve (ripl3y)
a body (in the same/similar color) which was finished in stain to
begin with, you can run into the following problem:
You've block sanded the original body down to where the sheen of the
top coat is gone and and applied the new stain evenly across the side
your working on. As it dries you notice that small or even large areas
didn't take the stain well and are developing light imperfections
on the surface.
Don't panic, what has happened here is that the top coat was absorbed
into the finish deeper than you thought it was.
First let the stain dry completely. Then take a piece of fine grit
sandpaper and scuff down the surface even more where the spots are
showing till your sure there is no more coating blocking the stains
ability to absorb. Now take a cotton tip swab and lightly moisten
it with your stain ( I know they suck up stain like a sponge). Wipe
the tip of your swab against some scrap newspaper till it is almost
dry, then gently rub the color into the spotted area. This way you
can control the amount of stain that actually is absorbed into your
project blending the imperfection(s) away. This sure beats sanding
the hole thing down again and starting over!
an added extra when staining figured tops:
Stain them twice (though most do anyway), but make the first coat
very dark i.e. don't dilute it too much, then sand when dry to 400
grit removing much of the stain as you go along, then re-stain with
the color diluted correctly to achieve your end color.
The point is that the first "dark" coat will bring out the figure
of the wood much more after being sanded and the final more diluted
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