Wood stain doesnt stay on??

I found a wood book case on a curbside trash pile and trying to stain it. Everytime I apply the stain then wipe it off the stain so completely gone. The wood doesnt absorb the stain. Help please?

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  • 4 months ago

    That sucks, do you have a question?

  • 4 months ago

    Finished wood projects are often treated with a anit rot chemical or is treaded with an oil to seal up the wood grain or wax. Your best bet is to place a small flame on the wood and see if it bubbles and if it does it's been treated and you cant treat it further

  • Jea
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    You need to take it down to bare wood. Previous finishes, especially oily or waxy finishes must first be removed.  Go to bare wood, then sand to about 180 grit, then stain in the normal way.

  • Eva
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    You have to sand the finish off first. It also could have been waxed which would keep the stain from penetrating.

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  • 4 months ago

    It has been finished with varnish or a clear coating that does not allow the stain to be absorbed into the wood. The stain will work if you use a paint remover to strip off the finish and sand the wood before applying the stain but that quite a bit of work. A more practical solution would be to paint the case with an opaque paint but that will obviously have a very different look.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    There must be some sort of sealer on it. You need to either strip the finish off to the bare wood, or paint it using a primer and prepping the wood as per the directions on the tin. Many modern bookcases are manufactured board with a melamine (plastic) veneer. You can still paint these, but refinishing with a wood stain won't work. 

  • Barry
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    I expect it has been previously waxed. You will need to remove the wax which isn't easy. Use plenty of white spirit or turps, fine wire wool and cloths. Wear rubber gloves and scrub the wood with the wire wool and white spirit wiping off residue with a cloth. Repeat with fresh cloths until all the wax is removed. This may take half a dozen goes. If you don't do a thorough job the stain or varnish will not take.

  • 4 months ago

    Use a sealer/stain

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Is it real wood or fake wood veneer?  Look closely, some fake veneers are really convincing.  If it is real solid wood it has been treated with something.  You'll have to sand it off if you want to stain it.

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