Stain not "sticking"...

Old 03-18-07, 03:02 PM
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Stain not "sticking"...

I'm in the process of restaining my kitchen cabinets. Currently, I'm working on the face frames. I sanded down the existing red oak cabinets in natural finish and stained 2x with a General Finish Espresso stain. I'm happy with the result and have an idea how much stain the wood "soaks" up.

The problem: I bought two more cabinets that matches the existing design. I bought them in red oak - natural finish. I wen through the same procedure (sanding and staining). The issue is that the front of the face frame hardly absorbs any stain. I have not the same issue on the sides of the frame. What could be the problem?
Old 03-19-07, 02:35 AM
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You may not have removed all of the previous finish. Also some woods are harder than others which means less stain penetration - even in the same species.

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