Originally Posted by manyboats
Brooksie we made test pieces like that in college in a finishing class.
I like a redish hue on teak an am thinking about how to achieve what I want so your post is a good reminder. Seems to me age old knowledge says the stain should go on the wood and not between coats of whatever.
One could put on a coat over a square foot or a bit less and see how it looks. Wipe it off and try something different and repeat until happy then let the small spot dry and see if it stays the same color. Sand off if it dosn't and repeat.
I don't think staining is recommended w/o wooding down. May work though if you have a solid covering of excellent old varnish w no bare wood spots. Ideally I think staining the wood and coating w clear is the way to go.
I agree Daddyo ... red stain looks wonderful.
Yes, the stain should go on bare the wood first. There are "sanding sealers" that can be applied to softwoods first to even out the stain. I've never used one. Also, there is "varnish stain" where the color is in the varnish. Never used that either.
I wouldn't count on staining a spot and sanding it off because it penetrates the wood fibers and would have to be bleached out, the bleach causing its own set of problems.
I have successfully stained under Cetol on teak with a very pretty result see ladder in this pic. Also under epoxy / varnish, also good.
I try not to use Minwax brand stains (except under their own varnish) as I think they contain styrene which MAY not be compatiable w/ Cetol or epoxy.