I didn't quite do my homework before refinishing a wood veneer table and sanded it down and began to stain. I need some advice as of what to do now. I really would hate to paint it because aside from the top the rest isn't too bad. If I put a couple more coats of stain on it will it blend in more? I tried spot treating the blotches with more stain but it just doesn't seem to soak in like the rest. If more stain wont work, is there any way to maybe make the blotchy look rustic?
Oct 26, 2012, 11:49 AM
What type of stain are you using? I have had the best luck with the Gel Stains, as they tend to be easier to apply to those lighter areas and by leaving them on longer (and not rubbing them out as much), they help to blend the wood tones easier.
Oct 26, 2012, 04:39 PM
you sanded too far and the blotchs are the veneers glue that was absorbed into the veneer when it was applied I think you're going to have to use a wood sealer then apply a gel stain Gel stains are a little tricky to use so practice on a piece of scrap wood( it doesn't matter what kind ) until you get the hang of it I use a part of an old tee shirt that I kind of ball up and wipe the stain on in the direction of the grain. This will leave some dark streaks and some light. After the stain (now here's the hard part )kind of dries wipe it off gently. If it looks right to you, let it dry for a couple of weeks, then wipe it down again. If you have the equipment, spray the finish of your choice Letting it dry that long seems like overkill but you really want all the gel solvents to evaporate Post a photo of the table when you get it done, you're really going to like it, so share your skills with usThis message has been edited. Last edited by: nona,
Oct 29, 2012, 06:44 PM
Should I seal the table with a polyurethane and then use the gel stain?
Oct 30, 2012, 01:39 PM
thin the poly by about 1/2 to 3/4 then wipe it on. when dry, use a very fine grade of sandpaper to just scuff the surface LIGHTLY. you can also use a white scotch brite pad.Scuffing the surface will give the stain something to grip onto Again, practice on a scrap piece of wood first