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Posted by Wick on July 22nd, 2001 10:11 PM
In reply to Staining Furniture by Mary C on July 22nd, 2001 07:47 PM [Go to top of thread]

Mary, I'll give you my own thoughts on this, but I will defer to Henry on expertise.

Here's my thoughts. First off, you can apply another kind/color stain, but there are
a few things that play into this scenario. Is the piece varnished/polyurethaned over
the existing stain? If so this will need to be removed (i.e., stripped) to expose the
actual wood. Stripping the varnish/poly will remove some of the existing stain, but
some of the color will remain. At this point, and after roughing up the surface of the
wood a stain can be applied (your choice of color).

Now if there is no varnish/poly, then simply sanding/roughing up the wood will allow for
a different stain to be applied. But I strongly suggest experimenting on some scraps,
because in mixing the differing colors you just never know what you'll wind up with. I
do mix varying layers of stain on lots of projects (ask Henry), but I always test on scraps
prior to the actual application.

Hope this helps!


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