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Issues with pedestal stain?

Akshay Desai
2 months ago

Hired a contractor to sand and stain wood pedestals (adjacent to stairs). While the sanding went well, after applying the stain, the pedestals look
(a) very milky / cloudy like they were painted not stained, very little grain showing and
(b) the stain isn’t consistent, is very blotchy and as you can see some areas more stained than others

Pre stain was (supposedly) done and this picture represents the work after 2 coats of stain, including 48 hours to dry, but before polyurethane.

Currently using a mixture of semi transparent minwax (phantom gray, classic gray, simply white). Contractor saying that he stained it properly but it’s either the stain or wood discoloration which I don’t believe.

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