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Base is acrylic, so you should not use chemicals for paint removing, like lacquer thinner. Some strong cleaning staff, like sodium hydroxide.


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The "after" sealing would be a different product. With pine and dark stains especially, you'd want to typically apply a "pre-stain conditioner" which prevents the stain from soaking into the wood too much in softer areas and showing up as dark blotches or reversed grain. The sealer that goes on after stain is typically something else......


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Thing is, you're using a fairly light-colored oak stain (over a pre-stain conditioner) to try to make birch look like oak. A losing proposition I think. Perhaps, with multiple coats you'll match the color, but because you're using two different species of wood--with distinctly different grain patterns and absorbancy characteristics--you'll have a really hard ...


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