Can I stain over unfinished stained wood?

Old 03-22-18, 04:35 AM
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Can I stain over unfinished stained wood?

I just refinished a used China cabinet for my wife. I sanded, then painted it, except for the counter top. That I sanded bare and stained. Before I sealed it with polyurethane she told me she hated the stain color. Can I re-stain significantly darker without sanding off all the stain I put on. Incase it matters, I did use wood conditioner prior to putting the stain on. I stained with Sequoia Red and will be going to a cherry or darker color. I am hoping that because I did not seal it I can just apply another coat of stain. Thank for your insight.
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Yes, go ahead and stain again. I would use a stain compatible with the previous. Water based if the previous stain was water based or oil based if the first was oil based.
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Before I sealed it with polyurethane
Check out some of the water based clear coats, I quit using urethane years ago the new finishes are excellent. I would recommend a brand other than the Mimwax from the big box stores.

Woodcraft carry's a line, I believe it's called General Finish (something like that), and it's really good!
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I'd sand the wood first. The first coat of stain more/less sealed the wood so it won't take the new stain as readily.
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I'm with Mark. Additionally, I would question the conditioner since you intend to go darker, as conditioner limits how much stain can be absorbed and, therefore, how dark you can get it.

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