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I am building a small table top of luan ( Phillipine mahogany) and when I apply the Minwax stain combination finish it has many fish eyes in it.
How can I remove these fish eyes ? I don't have any more wood and would like to salvage this one. HELP !
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There are lots of folks here who might be able to help you with a finishing agent problem such as you have but Dennisf doesn't strike me as a subject line that is likely to draw their attention.

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I am building a small table top of luan ( Phillipine mahogany) and when I apply the Minwax stain combination finish it has many fish eyes in it.
How can I remove these fish eyes ? I don't have any more wood and would like to salvage this one. HELP !

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Without seeing the problem my first guess is that the wood was contaminated with some incompatible agent like wax, silicone, PTFE, or an oil .

You say you used a Minwax stain combination. What was that exactly. Depending on what you used you may have to strip the finish and start over. So, try to explain your complete finish from bare wood.






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I started with a scrap of thin Luan plywood which I glued to the existing tabletop. Then I filled the pores with Daley's paste wood filler. After that was rubbed down and dry I applied some Minwax "Wood Finish", which says it "penetrates,stains, & seals". ( Sounds a lot like the old varnish stain). The stain had fish eyes all over and 48 hours later it was still sticky. The sample board done the same way was OK.
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I started with a scrap of thin Luan plywood which I glued to the existing tabletop. Then I filled the pores with Daley's paste wood filler. After that was rubbed down and dry I applied some Minwax "Wood Finish", which says it "penetrates,stains, & seals". ( Sounds a lot like the old varnish stain). The stain had fish eyes all over and 48 hours later it was still sticky. The sample board done the same way was OK.

Minwax stain does say that on the label, but it ain't true. The Daly's was likely not cured, and reacted with the stain. It shouldn't if it is dry. They are both solvent based (mineral spirits).

Maybe what you used to clear the filler prior to staining, like something on the rags, or sandpaper.






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