Paint Bleeding Through When Staining

Old 08-23-15, 11:49 AM
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Paint Bleeding Through When Staining

I have an issue. I stripped and sanded (and I did not skimp on the process of either of those) to get some ridiculous paint (6 coats) off of a wood top. The wood is in great shape, but I noticed that some places had a "pink" glow to it (pink was the layer of paint that was directly on the wood). I sanded and sanded and sanded and the spots that had this "glow" did not get smaller or lighter.

I stained the entire piece or wood and all of it took the stain, however, the pinkish glow is showing through a bit. I used a dark stain, so it kind of looks like I took baby powder and rubbed it on a few places.

I'm assuming now, that the wood absorbed the paint that was originally used. If so, there is no telling how deep this paint is, and I would rather not sand layers and layers off, potentially harming the wood, just to see if I can get it to go away.

Is there anything out there that can be used to "extract" paint from wood? I haven't been able to find anything.

If this is not an option, I will leave it as it is. It's not ugly - but it doesn't look as crisp and clean as a newly finished project should.
Old 08-23-15, 11:56 AM
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Is it something that would show up in a pic?

Usually it's best to start with a chemical stripper [paint and varnish remover] and then finish by sanding. Often sanding alone will make you think you've removed all the previous finish when you really haven't.

Sometimes you can apply wet stain and then sand it in. The sanding will open the pores of the wood some allowing it to absorb more stain. You must sand with the direction of the grain!! Without seeing it I don't know if that would help with your wood.

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