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Gel stain for veneer door problem

Posted by allebed (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 16, 10 at 20:20

I want to gel stain a wood veneer door which previously had molding which i removed. Now after stripping and and sanding the door, I can still see the outline or shaded area where the molding used to be. Will this show when i put the gel stain on (i am going to use a dark stain). I didnt want to sand too deeply since the wood veneer is so thin. What should i do to make sure the gel stain does not make a design of what was there before (if that makes sense).

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RE: Gel stain for veneer door problem

Only way to find out is to apply the gel stain. Gel stain is basically just a modified paint. It is not really a stain in the sense it is absorbed by the wood. It is formulated to let some of the wood grain show through, so there is a good chance it will let the outline of the trim show as well.

RE: Gel stain for veneer door problem

It is very possible the wood that was not under the molding has shifted color slightly. Most woods lighten from exposure (UV in sunlight speeding up changes), a few darken, and some change color (purpleheart).

Only a dark pigment stain is liable to obscure the changes, and at that point you might as well paint.

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