Hi all, I’m working on a small woodworking project, after cutting out pieces and sanding, I applied a gel stain. It came out nicely accept for some smudges, and fingerprints in a few spots. I thought I can fix this by sanding off that area and restaining. However the wood won’t accept the stain anymore, it looks horrible, worse than before:(:( The areas are lighter than the rest as the stain wont do it’s job. I did not apply any finish or sealant to the wood yet, so that’s not the issue. Please help, thanks!!
When using gel stain, any extra application will dissolve the previous partially and the color will change so it’s very difficult to do spot repair, I suggest re staining the entire piece and wiping to an even color.
@Gulfstar Thanks so much for your response. I think I understand what your saying but what I don't understand is why the sanded down area won't take any stain. I don't mind the color being a little uneven, it's already uneven as I'm using birch wood. I originally sanded the wood with 220 grit. After which the wood took the stain pretty nicely. After I again sanded down the area (with 220 grit) which was a little messed up, the wood took no stain at all. Is it a possibility that the reason the wood isn't taking stain anymore is because when I sanded it down a second time with the same sandpaper, the sandpaper was pretty worn out and flat?
I suspect that you wiped the spots shortly after applying the stain, in that case it would yield a paler color than the other surfaces. The color intensity is a factor of sanding grit and time allowed on the wood, if you want to get a lighter tone on an already gel stained surface you can stain it again and wipe it faster and it will actually give a lighter tone. 220 grit is quite fine for gel stain on some tight grain wood such as maple. What wood are you staining ?
Gel stains tend to have a bit of varnish in them. If you sanded, you may have sanded the color out but the wood is perhaps still sealed and as a result, less absorbent.