My neighbor has a jointed white oak board 16' x 15" x 1". This board has
what appears to be water marks randomly distributed across the grain. He has
started to finish the board using Transtint dye and a wiping urethane. The
"water marks" now appear more obvious or visible.
I doubt that these "water marks" are glue marks which have been wiped off
during the jointing process because the board was planed and sanded after
The board will be used as a counter top for a wine rack in a basement
entertainment center. There is little ambient light. What are the chances
that these "water marks" will fade or become less visible during use?
Unlikely. I refinished an oak table once, and a few drops of water hit
the freshly sanded top. I let it dry, sanded lightly and applied the
finish - that's when the water marks showed up. Apparently I didn't
wait long enough for the drops to dry thoroughly, although there was
Since then, if there's any possibility that drops hit the surface, I
wipe it down with a wet sponge, let it dry, then sand the raised grain.
Not sure if the technique is the trick or my newfound paranoia about
stray spritzes of water. ;)
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