Steel wool cider vinegar stain


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Old 02-26-24, 10:05 AM
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Steel wool cider vinegar stain

Hi. I wanted to know if anyone has any experience with the homemade steel wool vinegar stain? I have used this a lot of times in my projects but for some reason this time the stain is making my pine board come out all blotchy like itís only staining parts of the board. Anyone know what would cause this? Maybe the wood?
 
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Old 02-26-24, 10:13 AM
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Pine often absorbs stain very unevenly. There are wood conditioner/sealers you can apply first that help seal the more porous wood so it accepts stain more uniformly.
 
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Pine often has both hard and soft portions in the wood. That is why it doesn't always absorb stain evenly. A wood conditioner partially seals the wood to lessen the effect. I usually make my own wood conditioner - sanding sealer thinned 50-60% with mineral spirits.
 
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Blotchy stain

I never seen anyone use conditioner with the steel wool vinegar tea stain. Never had this issue before with pine and this stain.
 
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I've never used steel wool vinegar mixture to stain with although I did work for an outfit that would dissolve shingles in mineral spirits and use it for a stain. That said, I do know stains and how they work on different species of wood. It's next to impossible to consistently get and even colored stain job over pine. While I rarely use a wood conditioner or small pieces of pine like wood trim, conditioner is the only way to guarantee a consistent color on large pine boards. Using wood conditioner does make whatever color stain you use lighter than it would be without the conditioner.
 
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Removing water based wood conditioner

Is it possible to remover water based wood conditioner from wood?
 
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Sanding or maybe scrubbing with denatured alcohol.
I've never used a water based wood conditioner.
 
 

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