Help! Our stain is blotchy even w/preconditioner
We will be staining some alder cabinets and cealing beams.The test stain my painter did on the cabinets came out fine, but the test on the beam (we had a spare one) was really blotchy.
The painter said the reason only the beams are blotchy is because the cabinets are an alder veneer and the beam is solid alder wood. To make it worse, the large beams are in pieces, so you can see the line and the slight changes in wood color between the pieces. I am afraid this is only going to be exacerbated when we stain it.
My architect says to let the pre-stain conditioner completely dry before staining. The painter says if you let it dry for too long, the stain color comes out too washed-out.
Help! I have no idea what to do, and I am terrified to have the beams stained.
Any advice on how to stain the beams so the color comes out more even?
The wood is clear alder and the stain is MiniWax Red Chestnut.