Stain and Varnish Cabinets

Ashley asked 10 years ago

I am remodeling my kitchen and bought ready to finish oak cabinets. I already stained them black/ebony and let it dry for a few days. I applied three coats. Well, I varnished it and it’s turning white in spots and bubbling in spots too. Please tell me what to do so I don’t have 150 bucks down the drain.

2 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

A couple possible causes; the 3 coats of stain reacting with the varnish or high humidity during varnishing. Most likely a combination of the two. Cheap varnish will also cause problems. Stain should only be applied as one coat. If the color intensity isn't enough then a different stain should be used, gel stain or wood dye. Always test a stain on a scrape piece of wood before committing to an entire project.

You need to carefully sand the white areas to remove the affected varnish. Re-varnish to seal. If there are too many areas then a full strip and refinish will be needed.

Anonymous answered.

My friend I believe the prep before the stain was not properly done. That is why the varnish is removing the stain from the surface. Try to strip down complete one cabinet door and restain, you will see the difference.