Stain weeping from oak pores
I stained my new red oak newel posts this afternoon after sanding with 220 grit and tacking. I didn't want to use higher grit b/c they looked pretty smooth - no milling marks. Anyway, wiped the stain (Minwax oil based penetrating stain in Natural) off after 10 minutes or so - the newels are fluted and I wanted to be sure I didn't have stain pooling.
Wiped again about an hour later - they were spotty and weeping. Went to dinner, came home, 5 hrs after initial application still had spots so wiped them down, within minutes had more.
Newels are drying in basement with dehumidifer running - about 50% RH. Didn't have this problem with red oak handrail or rosettes.
What should I do in the AM if the newels are still weeping? I have to put first coat of finish on sometime tomorrow so I can get a few coats on and let them dry, install on Thurs or Friday. I've been using oil-based wipe-on poly from Minwax on all my trim, easy to tough up since each coat is so thin. I have Zar Fast-drying poly I picked up to try on a threshold, have Minwax Fast Drying Poly as well (both satin) I was going to do samples to compare. I don't like thick builds or glossy finishes, prefer that "hand rubbed oil" look but oil isn't giving me the durability I need on the treads so don't want to repeat that finish (BLO and beeswax) on the rail and newels.