Blotchiness can occur on just about any wood, as my wife Leigh Ann discovered a few years ago when she stained this unfinished maple curio cabinet for her office. If you would like to see how you can avoid a case of the blotchiness on any of your staining projects, just follow along with me.
Blotchiness is caused by irregular pores, most often found in maple, pine, alder, aspen, poplar and birch, that absorb stain unevenly.
The best way to reduce blotchiness is to apply a coat of Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner after your final sanding, but before you apply your Minwax® stain. Simply brush on a liberal coat of Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, then let it penetrate from 5 to 15 minutes before wiping off any excess conditioner with a clean, dry cloth.
For best results, allow the oil-based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to set for at least 15 minutes but no more than two hours before then brushing on your stain.
The pine board on the left had Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner applied first, while the one on the right did not. You can see how it reduces the blotchiness.
This was Leigh Ann’s next project and, as you can see, Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helped this entertainment center absorb her stain more evenly. No more blotchiness!
It’s like taking out an insurance policy on your staining project.
Until next time,
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