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Staining help

Hi. I'm a real novice at this and could use some help. I sanded down this old table top and tried to stain it. But there are small specks all though where the stain didn't take. Is there a technique or a special product to use? Sorry, I don't know the type of wood.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-14-2017, 07:29 PM
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What was the old finish? Was the table painted?

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The wood is one species or another of mahogany. Your biggest mistake is sanding the finish off. Never strip wood by sanding. Always use a paint and varnish remover when refinishing wood. Sanding gets what is on the surface and tends to leave a lot of the old finish which is penetrated into the wood.

From where you are you could spend a few weeks with a sharpie or graining pen and color in all the white spots. If it were me I would strip the finish off and start over.
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Thanks for the ID of the wood and the advice. I'll strip it chemically and start again.
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You will likely need some stiff bristled brushes to "dig" the old finish out of the pores of the veneer. The stripper will soften the old finish, but you may still have to get it out of the pores. I keep the free tooth brushes our dentist hands out at the 6 month exams for use in the shop since we use an electric unit. Be very judicious with any further sanding as you don't know how thick the veneer is now, especially since you already sanded it once.

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