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  1. Thank you for your thoughts! Unfortunately the bottom veneer appears cheaper and will not be representative. The stain is Varathane classic--looks to be oil based. It sounds like I am just going to have to carefully sand and see where it goes.
  2. The stain doesn't indicate but I am assuming water based given it's texture. Its this. And, well, you've figured it out. I went down and re-read the can--it says 2 hours dry in between coats. A different section indicates that I should leave 24 hours in between staining and water-based poly. Given how much I undershot that timing, I'm frankly impressed this didn't turn out worse! Now it's just remediation. I'm leaning sanding too but will wait for other opinions. Thanks! EDIT: It looks like the stain is oil-based based on the listing.
  3. My wife and I have spent the weekend refinishing this dining table and we're running into a bit of a snag. As we were adding the first coat of water-based poly, we noticed the stain "staining" the brush a little. The finished result is blotchy and you can clearly see brush strokes that lifted/redeposited the stain. Our process was: Stripper, 100 grit, 200 grit, stain conditioner + wipe (1.5hr dry), stain + wipe (3hr dry), Poly. It was a bit cooler and rainy, so I allowed the project to dry longer than directed. I suspect the issue is some combination of A) not dry enough, B) too vigorous application of Poly, and C) the poly solvents re-lifting the stain. I can deal with the largely imperceptible blotches on the sides, but the top needs to look right given how much effort we've put into this. My question is--what is the best next step to remediate the surface? The top is raised from the sides, such that I could only re-finish the top if I am careful without having to re-do the rest of the piece. Sanding is the most immediate option, though I am a little bit concerned that the veneer may wear through. It's about 1/32nd thick--I didn't take the sanding too far into the wood, and the only area I've worn through accidentally is an edge where the orbital was not level. I would then re-stain, and then spray apply my first poly application. I would be concerned about using some kind of stripper/lacquer thinner application because of the risk of spillage over the sides and the then necessity to refinish more of the project. Is there something I am missing? Perhaps an easier way to even out the color without a full refinish of the surface? Thank you so much for your help! Photos of the table halves below: Bonus question!: the flat surface on the legs has not taken the stain at all it seems. My guess is that this end grain absorbed a lot of poly when the table was first created and we simply did not sand down far enough (and we went at it for a while!). This is not a super visible area--is there any way we can quick re-color this after one coat of poly is applied? I have a wood-touch-up marker but I suspect that it won't take through the poly.