Refinishing table

I refinished a blond accent tableto a dark walnut color, looks great except around the lip on edging, it isn't taking the stain, any hints to fix this?

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  • EJ Bishop EJ Bishop on Dec 09, 2017
    This condition is the result of polish/wax or polyurethane/varnish remaining in the pores of the end grain. Wipe the wood with a solvent such as acetone/lacquer thinner/denatured alcohol, sand the lip with 220-grit sandpaper back to clean wood, and then clean the wood with the solvent again.

    You cannot stain the lip at this point, as the end grain will absorb so much stain that you will not be able to achieve a uniform color. You need to apply a coat of ”sanding sealer” according to the manufacturers instructions first- this seals the grain but still allows enough stain to be absorbed so as to match the tabletop itself.

    All of these items are available at any good hardware or big box store.


  • Sarah Sota Sarah Sota on Dec 09, 2017
    lightly sand with very fine grit and stain again.

  • It sounds like the previous finish was not completely removed. You will have to remove it and re-stain.

  • Pg Pg on Dec 09, 2017
    Maybe a wood colored stain stick would work, but you would need to buy one to match the other stain. You can purchase them at Lowe's or other hardware stores.

  • Dee Lowe Dee Lowe on Dec 09, 2017
    maybe a light sanding, the stain needs something (rough finish) to adhere to

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 09, 2017
    There must be something on the wood to prevent the stain from absorbing like body oil from hands, or some finish you didn't get fully removed. You have two things to try, I would first degrease the edge using Dollar Tree Awesome Degreaser and a green abrasive pad. Then I would run some stripper over that area and use 000/0000 steel wool to get the stuff off.
    If you think it could be wax, use some mineral spirits on a cloth to remove.