Number One Son is a good kid with a bad problem. He's renovating a
bathroom and building a new closet, for which he purchased a prehung
pine six panel door from the Borg. He has stained the door, one coat,
with Minwax red oak and is dissatisfied with the color. Too dark.
Short of ripping out the door and starting over, any suggestions?
Minwax makes a "stain remover" ... anybody have any luck with that product?
I have never had any luck at all removing stain. Toning it, glazing
it, aging it, sure. Removing it... nope.
It sounds like the attempt with the Minwax product could be as good a
try as anything. Before I tried it, I would call the tech help line
of the stain manufacturer and ask for any suggestions.
I hadn't actually heard of a wood stain remover and was unable to find
a product like that on the net. In looking around, there were lots of
products to remove <stains on wood> like oxalic acid, or other light
acids with surfactants and detergents.
Are you sure you found a product that says it will remove applied wood
stain from wood?
I also noticed that you said the wood in question was pine. And to
compound things, being a six panel door, there will be stain in every
crevice, crack, joint, etc., and if the stain was applied to bare
wood, I don't think you will have much luck removing it.
On Wed, 19 May 2010 00:20:03 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I think he just wants to lighten it, but we all know what lightened
stain looks like. That's right, RBS Lite!
I got rid of a lot of the RBS on Mom's old dining set (oak ply which
had been limed at one time and later covered with a deep, dark stain.
Working in a very well ventilated garage, with the door open, I
scrubbed every inch with lacquer thinner, wiping as I went, letting
the excess flow down to the area I'd clean next. It took hours, but I
got about 75% of the pigment out of the pores and 90% off the surface
of the wood. She was thrilled with the result while I gagged, but it
was her table, eh? I wasn't fond of the still-too-dramatic face/pore
Knowing Minwhacked, it's likely an oxalic acid mix sportin' a 4x price
Given that he thought it was too dark, he may be in luck...if he likes
The great thing about getting older is that
you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
-- Madeleine L'Engle
Minwax makes a "Gel" stain which will probably cover the mistake. I've used
it to cover fiberglass, metal, painted wood, and everything but the cat. Not
a perfect solution, but it might prove adequate.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.