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post #1 of 4 Old 10-08-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Staining Help!!

Hello! I am trying to stain a pine table top with a Gel Stain by General Finishes (Java), and getting and extremely blotchy result. I am following the directions and tutorials I have read/seen. How can I fix this??



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Welcome to the club but I have the bad news of telling you the table needs to be stripped, sanded and start over with the finish. Unless you spray a dye stain anytime you stain pine you should use a wood conditioner prior to staining it. Pine just has soft spots that will accept stain more than other spots and a wood conditioner will even out the surface so a stain will go on evenly.
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To help ensure even stain color penetration and beautiful results, pre-treat soft or porous woods such as, but not limited to, pine, maple, alder, and birch with a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
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Pre stain conditioner as in Seal Coat, and thinned 50/50 with denatured alcohol.
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