Spots in wood that won t stain

Mar 13, 2012 · Or something happened in your preparation so that the spots where the stain did not ‘take’ is sanded significantly smoother than the surrounding floor. Sometimes it is helpful to ‘water pop’ the wood first, which simply means wetting the floor surface, letting it completely dry before applying the stain. It's due to the previous finishes and/or polishes, waxes, strippers, etcetera, which have soaked into the wood. It is rare for stripped woods to stain nicely. If you use gel stains or tinted topcoats (like the minwax polyshades) you'll have better luck. Just as on wood, liquid stain quickly penetrates deep into the sponge, while gel stain rests on the surface without being absorbed. Gel stain produced less blotching in pine than the liquid version of the same color, but still produced high contrast between growth rings. Before applying gel stain,... Mar 19, 2017 · Most stains absorb into the wood surface, so they don't form a film that could peel off. They just weather away. I suspect the deck was either painted or that it received multiple coats of stain. If you used a penetrating oil stain, you may have allowed the stain to build up too thick a coat on the surface of the wood. Penetrating wood stains are not intended to be a surface finish. If applied too thickly, they won’t dry properly and will remain tacky to the touch.