Stains on poplar

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Stains on poplar

Post by wrmnfzy »

My wife is preparing to stain a poplar fireplace mantle with a mixture of two stains to make the finished product like she wants. Should she or does she need to seal poplar first?
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Re: Stains on poplar

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My opinion would be to seal it first. Some pieces of poplar take stain really well while others pieces do not. If you look at the pictures of the pie boxes, you can see where some of the poplar did not stain evenly while other pieces did. viewtopic.php?p=275518#p275518 I would also suggest your wife try out her chosen stain on a couple of pieces of poplar to see how it looks both with and without sealer.

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Re: Stains on poplar

Post by edma194 »

Agree with the above. Poplar is unpredictable with stains, rapidly absorbing them in some places, repelling them in others. Using a sealer will help out with that. A light stain won't show as much in worst spots but will still highlight any gray heartwood.
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