Why did varnish remove my stain?

Anonymous asked 6 years ago

Can you help me? I recently purchased new wood front doors. I sanded them, stained them, waited a week, then applied marine spar varnish to the top layer. In application, the varnish took off/bleached much of the stain. The original stain color was red, and it looked beautiful and well-done until I applied the varnish. Now there are bleached streaks throughout. What did I do wrong?
Thanks for any help.

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