White Washing table

Old 03-25-06, 01:22 PM
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Arrow White Washing table

I have a light colored maple (I think) coffee table. It had several layers of varnish on it and took a long time to get through them. THe table was stripped, then sanded. I used a water based wood stain - color was white oak. I followed the instructions and the table was looking fine except 2 large 4-5'' blotches. The stain would hardly take. I tried sanding that area again to no avail. I fear I will have to sand the whole table again to get these to blend in but eek if it happens again. Any ideas would be helpful!

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did the table look fine after you had stripped and sanded it?

meaning, were the "blotches" visable prior to staining?

never the less you will need to,

use your stripper and strip the top again.

use paint thinner and wash the whole top
with a green pad and wipe off with lint free white rags.

were the blotches visable when you washed the top with
paint thinner?

if so,

after the thinner has completely dried.
sand with 220.

tack off the surface
and apply two coats of finish
sand the finish with 320

now use your white stain.
avoid streaks.

after completely dry,
two more coats,
sand 320 and tack,
one last coat
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Thank you. Will do as you suggest.
Also, no there was nothing visable on the table when I started. It had been stripped and sanded down quite well, or so I thought
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After the stripping is finish or during any of the stages of sanding, you can wipe the surface with a cloth dampend with mineral spirits. Any places contaminated with oil, grease, old finish and things of this nature will show up then. Mineral spirits leaves no residue when it evaporates and will not spoil the wood.

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