Hi! Another lurker coming out of the shadows when trouble hits!
We are working on remodeling our kitchen ourselves and have run into a lot of problems with our IKEA beech butcherblock countertop. We finally got the stain figured out after a week of trial and error. In the end we used General Finishes water based stain.
After waiting for it to dry for 3+ days I applied the first coat of Waterlox. It seemed to go on fine so I applied the second coat after 24 hours. I could tell from the start that the second coat wasn't going on as well. It seemed to take on the non-stained part (we only stained the edges of the underside since that's the only part showing if you decided to lie down on my kitchen floor and look up!). Unfortunately, the stained parts look all streaky and bumpy. I know it can take a coat or two to self-level but I'm afraid this is more than a self-leveling issue. The stained parts were a little bumpy before I used the Waterlox but I couldn't sand those parts without ruining the stain.
I'm not sure what to do now. Do I sand down the bumps and hope it doesn't hurt the stain? And then start over with another coat? I'm kind of tempted to sand it all off, re-stain the underside and try another product. I don't really want to throw away $100 of product and start the research process again but I also don't want to be dealing with this Waterlox headache for the next week. Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!