don't like the look after staining....advise please
Thanks for responses in advance. I stained new cherry handrails that I had milled. I first lightly sanded them with 220, they seemed rather smooth. What do I know, obviously not what I need to. Well, they look okay, not great. They are a little blotchy, not a lot blotchy and the stain is a little darker that I want. I would like to have less blotches and have them a little lighter in color. I used wiping stain. Do I have to sand? If so....until the stain is all gone? What grit? How do you know when you have sanded enough? Does UV protective poly help keeping them from darkening too much? Any input is well appreciated.