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For my current project I wanted a very distinct cherry red color. So I decided to use Stewmac's stain concentrate (By colortone I think). Anyway, I sanded everything to 400 before I began staining, everything was grain filled and smooth. I wiped on the stain in many coats until the mahogany was very red in color. The stain did not raise any remaining grains but it did leave the wood less smooth than it was before. I used 99% alcohol to reduce the stain concentrate. My question is, what can I do to make the wood glass smooth again, wipe with a damp rag? sand with 400 again? and if I have to sand what will it do to the color?

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