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In general, it's the final layer that determines the amount of gloss in the finish. Adding another layer of matte should do it. However, another layer of stain will deepen the color. I presume from your wording that you are actually using an all in one stain and poly finish (minwax?)... That's the hazard with using those - everything needs the same number ...


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This may be worth a shot. I have used lacquer thinner to remove a host of marks off various surfaces. I have used it to remove marks from walls finished with latex paint. The thing is it will totally remove the latex paint if you allow it. May be try this in a closet to get the hang of it first. Fold up a rag (NOT terry cloth!!) about the size of a wash ...


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The primary difficulty you are facing is that virtually all paint is somewhat porous, water based paints generally more so than alkyd (so-called oil) based paints. It is complicated by the fact that the stain that has been added is also water based. While there are plasiticizers in water based paints used to make them more stain resistant, these only ...


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I had exactly the same problem on a varnished wood table and yesterday came up with my own solution, washing up liquid mixed to a paste with washing powder applied with a sponge in a circular motion, it removed an 8 inch stain in15 minutes without any damage at all to the finish on the gloss varnish


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If this is for adults only I wouldn't be worried about it. I have a large dry-erase board in my office that my family uses and light tan carpet and we have never had an issue. The key is making sure you whiteboard has a tray to put the markers in and not to leave markers open (which dries them out). If for kids I would say you run the same risk as them ...


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After staining give a coat of clear finish, sanding it with a fine sandpaper (400G) to remove any raised grain or any dust that may have settled onto the drying finish. This will give you a good base to add your paint and the sanded surface will give it good adhesion. Steel wool has its purpose, but I would not use it here. That's only my opinion. My ...



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