How to Control Blotching When You Stain.

Use gel varnish to condition the wood.

When you want to stain wood that might get blotchy, the best plan is to make its more uniformly porous before you apply the stain. Manufacturers sell “wood conditioners” and other similar products for this purpose, but clear gel varnish works even better.


  1. you mention rub on varnish, but the can says rub on urethane. just curious which you recommend. also, once this process is done, what finishes are recommended?

    chad, 11 months ago Reply

  2. This was very informative and I will get the Feb/March 2013 magazine to help me with this.

    John Gimpel, 11 months ago Reply

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