A perfectly good looking staircase is highly dependent on the staining job it’s given. If someone properly stains it, especially someone who has the professional skills and knowledge, the results would certainly not disappoint. The staircase would look beautiful and would satisfy any customer.

However, not all staircases are stained evenly, and this is where timber stain problems come in – Problems that need to be resolved. For bad staining jobs, they must be fixed efficiently, expertly, and as soon as possible.

Common Staining Mistakes

Before we proceed on how to fix bad stain jobs, let’s talk about the common staining mistakes that often lead to staining issues. Understanding the main causes will allow you to make preventive measures in future.

Poor Sanding – If done improperly this can hinder the timber’s ability to absorb the wood stain.

Working on a Large Scale Project – If you’re not an expert in sanding, then it’s best to take on projects on a smaller scale. For the big ones, it’s advisable to seek help from Timber staining professionals.

Incorrect or Insufficient Stripping – Not stripping the timber properly is another cause for poor timber stain absorption. Be sure to remove any coat present on the timber’s surface before applying the timber stain.

The Things You’ll Need

You’re going to need items that are necessary for fixing timber stain problems. Timber stains can be tough to remove, so you’re going to need all the assistance you can get, and these tools will help make it easier for you:

  • Acetone or mineral spirits will help lift the stain from the Timber.
  • 180 grit sandpaper will be used to sand down the treated area to remove any remaining stain on the timber.
  • Stain is of course needed to restain the treated area.
  • Rags can be used to apply the mineral spirits, acetone, or for re-application of the stain. Use separate rags for each chemical.
  • Polyurethane sealer is to be used after the reapplication of stain, and after it has dried up.
  • Timber conditioner is to be applied before reapplying the stain, and after applying mineral spirits/acetone and sanding.

Fixing a Bad Stain Job

Now that you know the common staining mistakes, and you’ve got all the necessary equipment with you, it’s time to get down to business.

Step 1 – Assess and focus on the area that needs work. First, cover areas that don’t need to be treated with sandpaper and then pour a sufficient amount of acetone or mineral spirits on the spot with the bad timber stain.

*let the solution sit on the spot for 15-20 minutes for it to fully dissolve the stain*

Step 2 – To make sure that there’ll be no remaining stain, sand the area with the 180 grit sandpaper.

Step 3 – Proceed with applying timber conditioner to heighten the effects of stain reapplication, and to make sure the timber can absorb it.

Step 4 – It’s now time to proceed with reapplying the stain to the treated area using a brush or a rag. Start with a single coat of stain, then let it dry for approximately 48 hours.

Step 5 – Evaluate the treated area to see if the newly applied stain matches the parts where treatment is not needed. If not, continue applying different colors of timber stains and let it dry until the areas match.

Step 6 – Once a match is found, apply polyurethane sealer to protect the stain and to finish the project.

Although fixing a bad stain job, or any timber stain problems can be done by anyone, it’s still advisable to get a professional to do the task. They have experience, they are knowledgeable, and they have all of the necessary tools with them. You won’t have to do any heavy lifting, and you can expect that you’ll be getting the best results as well.

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