How to Fix an Uneven Stain

By Edwin Thomas

Some very common types of wood, such as pine, maple and birch, are very prone to staining unevenly. The best way to handle this unfortunate wood characteristic is by preparing the wood with a conditioner prior to staining, but a novice might not know that, and sometimes the conditioner doesn't work as well as you might wish. Severely blotched stains can only be fixed by sanding the stain off and starting over, but a moderately blotched stain can be fixed with glaze.

List of Items Needed

  • Shellac, 1- or 2-pound mixture
  • Paint brush
  • Very fine-grit sandpaper (300-grit or higher)
  • Wood glaze
  • Rags
  1. Brush on a thin (1-pound or 2-pound mixture) coat of transparent shellac to the wood surface. Shellac dries quickly, so this coat should be dry in less than 30 minutes.

  2. Scuff up the shellac with very fine-grit sandpaper (300-grit or higher).

  3. Brush on a glaze with a matching color. Use a rag to wipe off any excess glaze that does not soak into the wood. The results will even out the blotchy stain job.

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