Wiping Stain Struggles
From contributor R:
I canít see why they call it a wiping stain either. One possible solution is to try a gelled stain. A gelled stain should work well on birch, cherry and maple as well. They donít tend to appear as blotchy as a liquid stain and you do get quite a bit of coverage from them.
Another option is to apply the stain via a spray gun, and slowly build up the color. It may take a few passes to finally achieve the final color, but you will be surprised at the end results. Make sure to do experiments on sample boards before jumping into it.
From contributor S:
Mohawk sells a retarder to extend the workability. A few drops of kerosene will also do the same. Remember - only a few drops.
From contributor H:
To the original questioner: Could you provide a part number for the Mohawk stain so we know the product you are using?
From contributor M:
The reason it is called a wiping stain is because it must be wiped dry to achieve uniformity of color. Regardless, if you spray, brush, or wipe it on it must be wiped dry. It would be their wood stain 545 - series.
From the original questioner:
The manufacturer of the doors is Mohawk and their stain is made by Asko-Nobel.
From contributor T:
Mohawk does not make cabinets (or carpets), so please don't confuse the cabinet source with the finish source and/or product. That said, Mohawk does offer a dedicated retarder for the 545 stains and it should cure your problem.
From contributor D:
I have a heck of a time with any wiping stain unless I apply it with a spray gun. Pigmented wiping stains are really abrasive and they will do a number on the needle/nozzle to a spray gun over a period of time. I would recommend getting a less expensive spray gun for applying them. You do not need any kind of a quality spray pattern because you will be wiping the stain after spraying, exactly as Contributor M advises to do earlier in this thread.
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