05:16AM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 01/04/03
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My husband just finished installing architectural paneling using furniture grade maple plywood for the backing and poplar for the frames. We began staining with Wood Sheen plantation walnut stain. Oh, my goodness!!! The plywood looks terrible. Splotchy isn't the word. It looks as if the wood has been wet and now stains differently in different areas. We have re-sanded and restained. The poplar is staining fine. We ordered the maple special from Home Depot. We have a lot of paneling to stain. What can we do??


04:59PM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
I don't go to HD for quality materials or service.

Try here for advice

[This message has been edited by Piffin (edited January 07, 2003).]


05:01PM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Ooops, try here


12:15PM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Maple needs a prestain application. Especially veneers. I forgot exactly what it is called, but you apply it to the wood first and then your stain will go on evenly. For the panels already stained, there isnt much you can do with those once a dark stain has been applied.


11:42AM | 01/25/03
Member Since: 12/20/02
3 lifetime posts
Try Minwax Wood Conditioner.


01:34PM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
3 lifetime posts
I don't think that there is a way to make maple and poplar stain out and look the same. Alot of lumber yards post signs that say that they will not warranty maple if a customer tries staining it. Maple is very dense and doesn't take stain very well. Good luck!
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