HI guys. Was hoping you could give me some advice of this issue, It's happened one other time to me and I have no idea (well I kinda do) what it is. After applying my stain, I normally use a wood sanding sealer. I then go over that with fine steel wool and go on to apply my poly coats (or whatever I'm sealing it with). On this particular piece, I grabbed the wrong one. I used a wood sealer instead of the sanding sealer. I usually don't have issues with the seal coat except if I happen to sand a little to rough. On this top, I had a little excess so I used a 220 very lightly to remove the "glob". Well, in doing so, a bit of the stain came with it. So I had a light spot. I tried touching it up with stain to match the surrounding color, but it won't penetrate. I tried sanding more
to see if I could get down to the wood, but no luck. Now I just made it more noticeable.
This happened one other time to an oak top I was working on. I should just leave well enough alone! Is it because the sealer has done it's job and won't let the stain through?? I even tried some denatured alcohol around the area to see if it would "lift" the sealer. not happening. So, any advice here?? I really dont want to start over, as the rest of the stain came out beautifully. (IMO!) Some might not notice the light spot, but it bothers me. The rest of the piece is getting painted. Also, any idea what kind of wood veneer this is?
My background is,,,I've done a lot of finishing work. I'm no pro, but I'm no newbie either. I restore a lot of furniture pieces by painting. However, I always try to refinish the wood if it's savable. This buffet top was in very good condition. I mixed a few different colors as I wanted it a bit darker. Pic 1 shows after stain but before I put on sealer, #2-after sealer and sanding, #3 a close-up of the spot that lightened and wont take stain. The last picture is the before photo.
Thanks in advance Beth