I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander.

Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag

I see streak marks in my staining method and I am curious as to the tactics I will need to use to get them out. Do I need to re-sand through all the grits? Should I try and apply another coat and even it out? Or am I out of luck?

Bench 1 Bench 2

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    FWIW: I think it looks pretty cool as is.
    – gnicko
    Feb 21, 2020 at 20:53
  • Stain usually needs to be removed from the surface with a dry rag after application. Did you do that?
    – isherwood
    Oct 14, 2021 at 13:17
  • I have found that sanding past 150 grit tightens so many pores, that I get inconsistent staining results. I used to go to 220 and never seemed to be happy with the color uptake. Maybe do a test piece of different grits?
    – Evil Elf
    Feb 11, 2022 at 12:47

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Have you ever used Rubio Monocoat? It is an interesting an unique one application product - oil. Solves issues like the one you are experiencing. At this point, assuming your wood is properly dried and doesn't have some strange grain pattern causing inconsistent absorption, you can try another coat of evenly applied stain. If it still is darker on part of the plank. either the grain is different, the stain is unevenly applied, or there may be something that seeped deeply into the wood causing parts of the wood to adhere differently. If the latter is the case, ponly sanding beyond the absorption point would likely work.

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