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In another discussion string we were talking about how maple does not take stain very well. I commented that on my current project, the maple barely accepted the fitst coat but the second coat soaked up much better. LB commented that the first coat opent up the grain. This made me wonder, if I rubbed down the entire piece with mineral spirits first, would that open up the grain? I feel like I waste a lot of stain on the first coat because I wipe most of it off. If I wipe on a coat of mineral spirits, wait a day or two and then stain, will I have any better results? What other techniques will help to open the grain?

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In another discussion string we were talking about how maple does not take stain very well. I commented that on my current project, the maple barely accepted the fitst coat but the second coat soaked up much better. LB commented that the first coat opent up the grain. This made me wonder, if I rubbed down the entire piece with mineral spirits first, would that open up the grain? I feel like I waste a lot of stain on the first coat because I wipe most of it off. If I wipe on a coat of mineral spirits, wait a day or two and then stain, will I have any better results? What other techniques will help to open the grain?
Yes, wiping Mineral spirits will open up the grain and you should be using a oil based stain. For water based use a damp cloth to open up the grain. I also use a prestain, helps stop the blotching look.
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What is a prestain?

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What is a prestain?
It's exactly what it sounds like. Its a product you apply before staining.
I find that if you apply stain directly to bare wood it will absorb differently it different areas and makes a pour looking stain finish.
Prestain helps prevent this.
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