Marks showing up after wood stain is applied.

emnotApril 12, 2013

Hi, Sorry if this is a duplicate, I can't find my message posted anywhere so I'm going to try again. I have a wood door that has marks/stains on it that only became visible once an oil based stain was applied. I don't know what caused them, the wood had never been stained before. If necessary I will strip the wood and refinish, but don't want the marks to show again. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Fingerprints, splashes of anything oily (they look like some type of splash mark, even sweat or water on a freshly sanded surface can alter how the satin is then absorbed).

The only way to repair it is usually to re-sand and stain again.
the spots do NOT look like typical grain blotching, but that some liquid splashed on the bare wood.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:02PM
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brickeyee ~ I agree, these are from something splashed on it. I appreciate your response, and was afraid that's what I'd hear, but I can do it

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:11PM
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It is one of the hardest things about finishing wood.

Once the final sanding is done you need to get the surface stained as quickly as you can to protect it from contamination.

When I have had interior woodwork that gets even a few drops of rain or dew I immediately wipe down the whole surface with a damp sponge, then wait for it to dry to a uniform surface again (preferably inside).

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 8:31PM
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Thank you again! I plan to work on this when the weather will allow for good ventilation, and I can clean and stain it right away.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 1:06PM
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