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Spotty Minwax Stain Finish

I am new to woodworking...hope to learn lots. I have a slab of red oak which I would like to use to make a crude bench. My standards are not high on this project, rustic and even a little distressed look is fine. But I don't want this. I mixed two Minwax stain colors, which they say you can do. Stain went on fine...looked good...and then rapidly developed this significant spotting.

What happened?
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It looks to me like the wood was splattered with water and not sanded.

When you get water on wood it raises the grain which makes it easier for the wood to accept stain. If the oak you have got sprinkled with rain each drop would raise the grain and make those spots go darker.

From where you are you need to chemically strip the wood, sand it to where it's uniform in appearance and then stain it again. It's not enough to sand it a little at this point. The stain has penetrated into the wood and sealed it. In order to successfully stain it again you have to remove what has been done.
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I think you nailed it. I was outside and getting a few scattered rain drops, so I moved indoors. Not sure how long I waited before staining but I did not re-sand anything. I didn't think there were so many rain drops but your description seems "spot" on. Thanks so much, lesson learned.
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I think you nailed it. I was outside and getting a few scattered rain drops, so I moved indoors. Not sure how long I waited before staining but I did not re-sand anything. I didn't think there were so many rain drops but your description seems "spot" on. Thanks so much, lesson learned.
Whether you sanded it right away or waited a year once the grain is raised it will stay raised. You even have to be careful on hot days handling the wood. You can pick up a board with sweaty hands and when you stain it the hand print will show. I sometimes wear rubber gloves to prevent this from happening.
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Got it. Really helpful.
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