Refinishing disaster.... help!

Old 12-05-08, 02:32 PM
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Desperate, refinishing disaster.... help!

Bought a mahogany sideboard at flea market that needed work. Upon inspecting and cleaning decided only the table top needed refinishing. Used Fromsby refinisher (awesome product), used 0000 steelwool over surface and then tack cloth to remove dust and particles. Stained surface with Varathane premium oil stain. Allowed first coat to dry, then used tack cloth again before applying second coat. To my chagrin, the surface has dust and lint particles on it. Any suggestions?
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Generally it isn't a good idea to apply more than 1 coat of stain. The 1st coat seals the wood enough that it makes it difficult for the wood to obsorb more stain and can prevent the stain from drying like it should.

You might be able to use a dry rag and "buff" the rub the dust off of the stain. A thinner rag might rewet the stain and affect it's appearance. A carefull light sanding might also work.

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