I recently purchase some chair rails from Lowes that is the kind that has a
decorative pattern on it and comes in 7ft sections. The problem is that it
does not except stain (minwax) very well. The wood slightly darkens but the
wood does not absorb the stain very well at all. 2nd and 3rd coats does
little to darken it. I have tried light sanding, mineral spirits to make
sure that there wasn't some kind of factory coating on the wood, and
different color stains. No help trying to match it to the color of the rest
of the molding in the house. I hate to paint it but I will have to if I
can't find a solution. The only thing I can think of is that the decorative
pattern is pressed into the wood thus making the wood to dense to stain.
Any help would be appreciated.