posted also at homestead:
I'm staining red oak with fuhr105 antique cherry. the client has
requested that I make the color as dark as I can, and approved a
sample with 2 coats of stain topped with enduro water poly. the color
samples were small and looked OK, but now I'm setting up for the full
job and did a larger sample.
wiping this stuff on red oak is giving me bad results. it doesn't want
to penetrate into the pores, leaving white dots all over the piece,
and it's not absorbing evenly- I'm getting lap marks that won't even
out, and areas that are significantly darker/lighter than others.
I'm applying with a rag. the stain is modified with the retarder to
near the label limit. I'm in arizona and the weather is warm and dry-
weather.com says 86 degrees.
some things I'm considering: spraying as a glaze or either wetting the
wood or thinning the finish with water to get it to flow/penetrate
better. I see from other posts here that thinning with water is likely
to cause more problems with penetration than it solves, plus I'm
worried about raising the grain.
so- can this stain be mixed with enduro poly products and sprayed, or
am I limited to wiping methods?
or am I just overlooking something obvious here?