Blotchy stain

Old 03-31-14, 04:28 AM
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Blotchy stain

I recently started refurbishing a wood coffee table. After stripping and sanding, I applied a coat of Weathered Oak Minwax oil stain. It was blotchy, so after waiting 4 hours (as per Minwax instructions), I applied a second coat hoping it would even out.

I have attached am image of the current state of my table. Is this just the natural grain of the wood, or is it my stain that badly applied? Please note that I stained the top of the table.
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Old 03-31-14, 04:54 AM
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I've never been fond of multiple coats of stain, the 1st coat somewhat seals the wood making it hard for the wood to absorb more stain. What you are seeing is the differences in the wood. It looks like you have 5 separate pieces of wood and each piece of wood has soft and hard areas. Softer wood will absorb more stain than hard areas. IMO it will look fine once the poly coats are applied.
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I think you move on to sealing the table. Now that stain has been applied you're in for a lot of work sanding down the table to bare wood to go a different route. In the future if you want a more consistent color, especially when staining a very contrasty wood like oak, use a pre stain conditioner. It is a clear product applied before staining that helps even out how the wood will accept stain.

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