In addition to items, we offer you products from our Marketplace Retailer partners to give you a wide range of choices. What you are currently doing is basically painting your floor with oil based paint thinned to some degree of opacity (not something I would do, but to each his own), so if you use an understanding of how oil based paint/finish works you may be able to figure out how to plot a course that gets you where you want to go. Alternatively, it might not be possible to there from where you are without going backwards (an india ink or an iron and tannin ebonization for example).
It does not tend to turn blotchy, but like all woods it will stain more evenly after an application of Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner or Minwax®Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner To insure that any stain penetrates and fills oak’s deep pores, apply a liberal amount of stain to the wood, then work it into the pores using a cloth in a swirling motion.
The process is the same as I used on the ottoman, but here’s a quick run down: (1) identify an area that needs some touch up; (2) shake the stain marker well before use; (3) depress the marker tip to start the flow of stain and color over each of the scratches and imperfections in the trim; (4) use a paper towel to wipe away the excess stain (repeat is necessary); (5) admire the difference!
If you have a good idea of what you are doing, the patience to put down multiple coats, and an environment which won’t lead to the finish drying too fast, it may work, but if you are trying to use this because you think it’s a good way to get started on stains and poly (like I did), do yourself a favor and try to tackle each portion of the finishing separately.
Sorry again for asking that much but I´ve been to all kind of stores, getting the wrong answers, sometimes only asking faces…… Seems like they don´t really know what their selling and/or how to use it. Your work simply looks perfect and wonderful!!! Although do as I show in the video (not in the pics below – oops) and brush in the direction of the wood grain.
One must make sure that the stain is completely dry and the piece is free of dirt and dust before applying the poly. Well, if you are using stain…then you would probably want to seal it with polyurethane. The stain just didn’t stick properly and definitely looks different than the rest of it… it’s difficult to describe really. All that said, the fact that the item will be basically protected from the elements, an exterior oil based varnish will work well on top of the stain. The dye will block the grain in the maple and keep the stain from penetrating too deep and cause blotching.
If it comes off easily, then it’s not sticking, so don’t use it. If it’s hard to scratch off, then you should be good to go. Make sure on these types of surfaces to let them dry good and long, a minimum of 48 hours for each coat. I have a Red Oak double door with 2 outer panels I’m refinishing on the coast in Huntington Beach, CA. Availability of good oil based stain products is limited in CA with the ridiculous VOC laws, and the production oil based stains that are available are not exterior rated. Apply that trim before the final sanding, so that you can sand off any nail hole filler that you may add during that installation.
Minwax have a little piece on what the Polyshades look like over an existing stain. With the amount of detail (trim, corners, etc.) the water based exterior stains simply do not allow the time necessary to get an even coat without blothcing from overlaps. Notice that the gel stain is much less blotchy than the penetrating stain especially when the grain is raised. Minwax offers a variety of easy-to-use products to help maintain and repair wood that is worn, chipped or scratched, to its original beauty. This was a good 72 hours after my stain application and it felt dry, but some stain was still rubbing off onto a cloth.
Begin with workpieces that you have sanded to 150 or 180 grit The pieces do not need to be sanded any finer, because at finer grits, pigment stains become less likely to bind to the wood. Oh hey, I’ve been looking at that Minwax Polyshades-because it also says you can paint it right over other stained wood with just a touch of sanding-and wondering how the colors really look. This will help keep a darker color without gooping the stain on thick and it will be pretty instead of muddy.