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Remove or lighten iron acetate stain

I stained a test piece of wood and got the color I was expecting from the iron acetate stain, a greyish color. I'm not sure what happened but when I then stained my project it turned a very dark brown. Other than sanding it all down, is there a way to lighten or remove the iron acetate stain? Can I rub with denatured alcohol to lighten it or is there some other method you have used? Internet searches haven't turned up too much on this subject.

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I stained a test piece of wood and got the color I was expecting from the iron acetate stain, a greyish color. I'm not sure what happened but when I then stained my project it turned a very dark brown. Other than sanding it all down, is there a way to lighten or remove the iron acetate stain? Can I rub with denatured alcohol to lighten it or is there some other method you have used? Internet searches haven't turned up too much on this subject.
Alcohol wouldn't be the solvent. First try washing it with soap and water. If that doesn't do it try rubbing it with steel wool and water. The color of the wood wet with water should be the color it will be with a finish on it.
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Alcohol wouldn't be the solvent. First try washing it with soap and water. If that doesn't do it try rubbing it with steel wool and water. The color of the wood wet with water should be the color it will be with a finish on it.
Good call. Washed it down twice with a liquid dawn and water mixture. Worked perfectly.

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