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how do we get over saturated stain drips out of the cabinets we stained?

we stained our kitchen cabinets with minwax polystain in espresso this weekend and it didnt come out as well as we had expected. parts of the cabinets are heavilty saturated with the stain and look drippy now. is there anyway to fix this??

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Posted 2013-06-04T15:10:19+0000  by ahart ahart

Sorry to learn of the problem ahart!


PolyShades is a fairly thin product and the application commonly requires two coats.


The first coat seals the surface.


Then you buff sand with 220-grit sandpaper ... just enough to break the gloss.



In your case, buff sanding will be beneficial because:

1) It will even the heavy-light appearance;

2) It will prepare the cabinets for a second coat; and

3) It is your solution to eliminate the "drippy" appearance.


I produced this video to help another Community Member. Click the link to jump to that thread and have a look!



This product should be applied with a "natural bristle brush."

The bristles on this tool, unlike synthetic bristles, is designed to pick up and release a light, even coat of stain.

Follow the example in the video ... use long, flowing strokes to smooth-on a light coat, then leave the product alone for six-hours.

Repeat the same steps until you reach the color of your choice.

Posted 2013-06-04T15:35:08+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Thanks Pat,


this was our second coat. we sanded before, but not in between coats. can we sand again? my husband suggested wet sanding would this help?

Posted 2013-06-04T15:52:55+0000  by ahart

You're welcome ahart!


The simple instructions are just like the video shows ... 220-grit (dry) sandpaper.


Sanding between coats is going to help promote adhesion between the first coat and the second.


That natural bristle brush is also important ... is picks up just enough polystain and releases it onto the surface evenly.



Because it contains polyurethane, this product does not wipe off.


People who have used traditional stains have a tendency to follow their understanding of those products, but when you wipe PolyShades, you create an even larger mess by wiping.


The poly does not pick up evenly ... resulting in light and heavy spots that streak and discolor your project.


So, with this product, keep it simple ... buff sand w/ 200-grit, wipe off the sanding dust with a dry terry towel, wet about one-third of the natural bristle w/ the product, make long, flowing strokes, and allow to dry six-hours without touching the surface.


Repeat for your second coat.

Posted 2013-06-04T16:26:56+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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