Staining problem

Old 03-03-04, 06:56 PM
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Question Staining problem

We are staining a pine 6 panel door and either applied too much stain or didn't wipe off the excess soon enough and now the door has a shiny finish. What can we do to clean it up? Also, some drips from the front dried on the edge on the back of the door and are very dark. What can we use to remove these globs of stain?

Old 03-04-04, 06:27 PM
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If the label on the stain recommends paint thinner ( mineral spirits) as a cleaner for the stain, you may try some coarse cloth dipped in it and some scrubbing to remove the runs. If the runs are out of view, sand them off. Otherwise, try the paint thinner and coarse cloth.

Scrubbing with the coarse cloth and mineral spirits may take the sheen off of the door as well. If not, you may try a scotchbrite pad and scuff the door with the grain to see if this will knock down the sheen. Some paint thinner may help with this, too.

Hope this helps.
Old 03-04-04, 08:49 PM
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What kind of stain are you using? The paint thinner trick usually works as long as the stain is fairly fresh. The longer you wait, the more difficult this gets.

Most stains don't have a shiny look when they're dry. You get the shine (and surface protection) from the finish.

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