blotchy water based stain
I used a Minwax water based stain on a chair, and it turned out very blotchy. I was surprised since I had used the same stain on a small stool a few days ago and was very pleased with the results.
I'm wondering if the problem is that I let the recommended prestain wood conditioner dry for too long. I've seen some recommendations that staining should occur no more than 2 hours after a wood conditioner is used--and I waited about 7 hours for the chair (but only about 1 hour for the stool). The blotchiness on the chair seems the result of the stain not fully absorbing since the results were rather light in general.
What do I do now? I hope I don't have to strip the chair! (I'll just paint it instead.) Can I just sand? I have another chair that I've added the conditioner to--this morning. What should I do before I stain that chair?
Thanks for any advice you can give me!