Help with Stain Finish

Old 12-10-07, 10:15 AM
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Help with Stain Finish

I'm in the process of staining the trim around my staircase which is a wood veneer. Im using a gel stain and l have tried sanding from 120 grit to 180 grit, but the stain doesn't seem to sink into the veneer. Should I try a different stain or paint? The railing is already done in this stain (Dark Walnut-Old Masters), so l would like to keep the colour close to this.
Thanks for your time and help.
Old 12-10-07, 10:49 AM
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If your trim already has a coat of finish on it, the wood will not accept stain. The finish would need to be stripped off first. Oil or wax would also prevent the wood from accepting stain. Not sure if that is your problem or not? Or are you applying it on top of new, bare wood?
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And....different woods will come out different with the same satin. Even different parts of the same tree. That is how wood is. But as suggested above, if the wood has some type of finish, it will not accept stain. And sanding with too fine a grit can slow stain absorption.
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Easy on the sanding, you can go right through veneer before you know it.

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