Trouble with staining stairs

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Old 07-21-13, 08:44 AM
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Trouble with staining stairs

We are staining the stairway in our house along with a little landing at the top. The top stained fine and looks good but on the steps we're getting a lot of spots that the stain is not soaking into. Thanks
 
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Old 07-21-13, 09:48 AM
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What prep work have you done? The wood needs to be sanded down to raw wood before it will accept stain.
 
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Old 07-21-13, 12:23 PM
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yeah we sanded everything down but it still turned out like that
 
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here's a pic of the top...
 
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Looks like it was not sanded down to bare wood.
All those shiny areas look like there's still poly on the floor.
 
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Old 07-21-13, 03:17 PM
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alright, guess we'll break out the sanders again. Thanks
 
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Old 07-21-13, 03:20 PM
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Looks to me like someone put Durham's water putty (or similar) on the floor and cracks. That stuff doesn't take stain at all. But it could also be inadequate sanding.
 
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