Staining problem


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Old 02-11-09, 06:16 AM
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Unhappy Staining problem

Need some advice on door staining:

I thought I followed all the steps to staining a new pine french door, but after applying the stain I noticed dark spots. One area looks like something was splashed on it and another area along the edge is where it has been used to open and close the door since the handle had not been installed yet.

These are the steps I followed:
1) Sanded door with 520 than 1000 grit sandpaper.
2) Applied wood conditioner (These spots did not show)
3) Applied the mixed stain

Lucikly I did the basement side of the door first. Can this be fixed?

Thanks!
 
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Old 02-11-09, 06:54 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

First off, the sandpaper you are using is way too fine for wood. I'd sand off the stain on the flat areas of the door and restain. Generally 180-220 grit is as fine as you want to go when sanding door. I'd use 120 grit followed by 150-180 to sand off the stain. Be sure to sand with the direction of the grain.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 07:30 AM
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Thanks, I appreciate the advice. I was afraid to scratch the soft wood with low grit sandpaper but I trust your advice. I will let you know how it turns out!
 
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Old 10-03-09, 08:48 AM
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I have stripped about 40 layers of old paint from our stairway.I wanted to stain it and then use a polyurethane.When I put minwax wood conditioner on,it added a reddish tint to the wood.This wood is a pine,I tried the conditioner on a piece of oak and it did the same.Is this normal or is something wrong.Thank you for any and all help.
 
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Old 10-03-09, 06:09 PM
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Welcome to the forums Scotty!

I don't do a lot of stripping, but generally wood that has been stripped doesn't have as open a grain as new raw wood does. Because of that, a wood conditioner normally isn't needed and [like when using a conditioner] the wood won't stain as dark as new raw wood will. I doubt you need the wood conditioner.

Do you plan to use a stain? I suspect the red tint you see will be present if you just use a clear poly/varnish. It can be apparent with some stains although a stain should help to minimize the red - unless the stain has a lot of red
 
 

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