splotchiness after staining

Old 02-26-07, 02:56 PM
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splotchiness after staining

I totally sanded my hardwood floor. It was free of all old stain. I then applied a stain, getting the color I desired. After letting dry, there are parts that appear wet still(shiny), but are not. Should I go ahead and put down my polyurethane and hope it all blends? Got any suggestions about getting shininess out?
Old 02-26-07, 04:30 PM
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hard to say without seeing but..

It should be ok, did you wipe off the excess stain when you applied it?

The only problem I can forsee if the stain wasn't wiped is the hard areas [where it's shiny] might have the stain disolved when you apply the wet poly.

It is common for both stain and 1st coat of poly to look a little irregular because it isn't a finished product.

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Old 02-26-07, 07:21 PM
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What type of stain and what wood is the floor?

I refinished our maple floors when we bought our present house and used a water based stain to make the light colored wood a shade darker.
I used a water based stain and found the same problem occured with uneveness to the color and brush marks even after having used their special applicator.

When I contacted the company they said that water based stains tended to penetrate less that oil types and I should have used the applicator to give the desired effect.

Needless to say after having let the stain thoroughly dry I had to totally sand the stain off and just left the floor natural.

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