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  1. Somewhat of a newby here but I could really use some advice from some of you pros. Building a small bookcase for my grandson. Purchased some better quality pine (looked it anyway). Saw article in Popular Woodworking on finishing pine with water based dye. Had never used before. Followed the instructions. Sanded to 220 g. Raised the grain and resanded. Applied water based sanding sealer. 2 coats (apply/wait /wipe off) 400 gr sand. Applied water based dye and look is horrible! Not uniform at all. Horribly splotchy. Not glue marks. Should I have skipped the sanding sealer? Is the project salvageable? Will try to add pic but I am not computer savvy.