Ok . First let me say that it looks like me and Minwax have now parted
company. So please no bad mouthing :)
Problem I have is spots of stain coming to the surface while drying.
Applied stain on red oak...allowed to soak about 15 minutes....wiped off
excess....wood at 70 and so is ambient air (dry)....spots seem to come out
in grain areas.
Not the first time this has happened. Need to finish pieces any suggestions?
Covering with shellac
Characteristic of Red Oak. The grain is essentiually tubular, and these
types of finishes will leach back for some time, until they cure and/or
Not only have I stoppped using most Minwax products, I've cut back on red
oak as well. Not enough time to baby sit every stage of the finish
I have to say that the leaching can be a problem with Red Oak but "it is"
the stain you use thace contrubutes to that. I have never had it leach on
Oak except when using Minwax. I do not have that problem with Zar,
Bartleys, or General Finishes stains.
Varathane stains (soy oil-based, as I recall) have many of the same
problems as Minwax with red oak, in my short experience with them. They
are less viscous than Minwax, and flow more easily. They also leach back
Maybe I just got a bunch of really bad red oak.
Leon's suggestion of a gel stain makes a lot of sense.
The grain of oak has large capillaries that "suck" stain into
them. The stain in the capillaries drys a lot slower that on
the surface. Wipe the wet stain off the surface and the stain
in the capillaries will seep out . Minwax stains don't have a
thing to do with the problem. Any low viscosity and
slower drying stain will migrate deeper into the capillaries,
thus a bigger problem.
Solution: Wipe the excess stain off untill it dries in the
cappilaries; or use thicker bodied stain; or
faster drying stains like alcohol dyes.
I think you owe Minwax an apology.
Jim in the now brown Bluegrass
I disagree categorically that the problem is related to the
manufacturer of the finish/stain, whoever it may be, but is instead
owing to the open grain of (particularly red) oak. Other oaks, ash,
even walnut, any ring-porous wood has the same characteristic to a
greater or lesser degree.
The solution is to use either a sanding sealer or grain filler before
applying the stain or an rubbing oil-type finish to close the pores.
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