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Avoid (or fix) Blotchy Stain

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Just as on wood, liquid stain quickly
penetrates deep into the sponge,
while gel stain rests on the surface
without being absorbed.

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Unlike deep-penetrating liquid stains, gel stains hold their dye in suspension (right photo) so it can't oversaturate absorbent areas of the wood. Depending on the formula, however, some gel stains still produce high contrast between earlywood and latewood in pine (bottom photo).

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Gel stain produced less blotching
in pine than the liquid version of
the same color, but still produced
high contrast between growth rings.

Before applying gel stain, thoroughly mix any liquid at the top of the can back into the gel. Wipe on stain generously but evenly. Allow the stain to sit for the time recommended by the manufacturer -- usually about three minutes -- and then wipe off the surplus, working with the grain.

Don't expect gel stains to get you out of sanding end grain to a finer grit. A rough surface there still traps more stain pigment particles than on other surfaces.

Continued on page 3:  Clean up with a washcoat


Comments (1)
mwilson3813611 wrote:

If using water base products there is a blotch control made by Charles Niel Woodworking that is excellent. It provided the best finish of anything I have ever tried.

10/14/2010 11:08:28 AM Report Abuse

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