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Posted by Kathie on January 14th, 2003 11:56 AM
In reply to Poplar Minwax Stain Problems by Aaron Aude on October 12th, 2002 08:30 PM [Go to top of thread]

My contractor used wide poplar floorboards in the restoration of my antique cape -- in several rooms where the original floors couldn't be saved. To stain it, you must, after sanding, etc., WASH THE FLOOR WITH A LYE MIXTURE (about 6 - 8 ounces of lye per two quarts of water, let sit overnight before using). Use eye/hand protection. This will etch the wood to take stain better, which you may apply after the lye/water dries. You will still need two coats of stain. If you already have stained once without this prep work, you could try staining again...if that fails, paint instead.

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