Problems With Stain-Grade Pine
I'm not sure if I've posted this to the correct forum, but here goes.
Our house is supposed to have stained trim (pine) throughout the first floor and upstairs hallway. The painters had stained and hung some baseboard in our selected finish (Minwax English Chestnut) and everything looked fine. When they stained some of the door casings, however, the results were not nearly as good. Two of the casings were a little blotchy, but nothing I couldn't live with. (I understand that stained wood will have some color variations and if I wanted something with a completely consistant finish I should opt for paint). The third casing, however, was unlike anything I have ever seen. The stain had gone on splotchy in sort of circular areas, so that it looked like leopard skin.
The painters say there is nothing they can do to correct the problem. The man who owns the painting company says his last two stain jobs have had similar problems and in atleast one case, the owners opted to just live with the stain as it was.
The builder has said he will replace the worst section of the casing. He has the guy from his millwork supplier coming out to take a look at it and see if he as any suggestions. And he is going to put in a call to Minwax on Monday. (He tells me they are closed until then for the holiday).
Has anyone encountered similar problems and were you able to correct them? I hate to make the builder change out a lot of trim because it won't take the stain properly. We still have about 10 doors, all the windows, all the crown and most of the baseboards left to stain. I also hate the thought of having to switch to painted trim, as it doesn't fit my vision of this house at all.
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.