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I'm building a coffee table from poplar. I'm trying to get an espresso or dark cherry finish. I read to use minwax gel stain to get this color. The stain is not applying evenly and I'm getting parts with the color I want...but then some lighter spots. Any recommendations?

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I'm building a coffee table from poplar. I'm trying to get an espresso or dark cherry finish. I read to use minwax gel stain to get this color. The stain is not applying evenly and I'm getting parts with the color I want...but then some lighter spots. Any recommendations?

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The directions on the product you are using should have details on how to apply. Generally speaking gel stains get applied, and then wiped off in a matter of maintaining the intensity and an even color desired. The more you wipe the lighter it gets. You probably didn't wipe it too evenly.




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Cabinetman is right. When I use stain, including gel stain, I work a really small area. I wipe it on and rub it in and wipe it off. I keep wiping it off until there are no areas not wiped "completely dry". If I need it darker, I wait 24 hours and apply another coat the same way. Easier to add more coats than take them off. You are going to have sand it down or strip it and re-do.
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I would wash off what you have with lacquer thinner before it dries too much. On poplar it would have been better if had first used a wood conditioner. From where you are if you can get it a uniform color I would re-apply a very thin coat of the gell stain with a very soft 4" natural brush working the center of it with the grain and then do the ends with the grain. I think you could get it more uniform with a brush. Just don't dip the brush in the stain and go directly to the table. The brush needs to be barely wet with stain. You could rub much of the stain off on a piece of scrap wood.
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