enter image description hereI re-processed my doors, and got to the third layer of stain. Unbeknownst to me,I had terrible sanding marks in my doors which I can see clearly through the third. Is there anyway to fix this without having to completely take off the stains i.e start all over again??

  • @HerrBag, can you please give me some advice on how to save this project? – user272671 Aug 3 '14 at 21:29

It looks like you neither sanded with the grain or used a fine enough sandpaper in order to prepare for staining. I think you have to go sand it down and start over. Those likely would have been visible before staining.

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  • I agree, sand it down, then go over it with 220 grit (my typical choice) sand paper, by hand, to smooth it out. Also be careful with how you remove sanding dust, a horse hair brush is good for removing dust without scratching the wood. – vcsjones Aug 4 '14 at 1:08
  • I did sand with the grain except at the edge where I used a detail sander to go sideways, and I used a fine sanding block to sand before staining. What is the advantage of sanding this again by hand? – user272671 Aug 4 '14 at 14:58
  • If you sand again, the way to do better is to sand with the grain. You'll need to remove enough material to get rid of the sideways scratches. This might require a different tool or technique, so it is worth experimenting. Unfortunately, many finishes (including stains) make scratches more visible. You can check for scratches before re-applying finish by setting the surface horizontal, putting a light low over the far end, and putting your eyes low over the near end. The reflected glare of the light tends to make blemishes more obvious. – skiggety Sep 5 '14 at 6:16

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