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aagh!!! PLS. HELP!

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I'm in the midst of painting my railing.. spindles are done and good. However, the handrail which I was trying to stain & varnish is not so good. I followed all the instructions, sanding, cleaning of residues, stained with Varathane gel stain, used cheese cloth to apply, let dry overnight. NOW, I varnish with Varathane clear & in spots the stupid stain has come away as if it was never absorbed. OH my gawd I'm stumped - I've never worked with this stuff pls. help!! Thanks.

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I ragged on just clear on the alternate diamonds, just to keep with the weathered effect.

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Honestly it was so easy it was done in an afternoon. I used shelf liner the kind that is peelable, to make a template & ragged on my glaze, & immediately after applying the glaze I ragged it back off with a dry cloth...I wanted it to look weathered & that seemed to do it. For the glaze I used a pewter metallic paint I purchased at home depot. I was worried it might look gaudy but it worked well...no trace of sparkle or shine & it was a little more sheer than latex paint. Dh being the scientific technical guy that he is was appalled that I winged it by just placing the template without the use of more precise measurement, but I think it turned out fine...Seriously, I think he was actually having a hard time breathing! No angles to be measured! What?? It couldn't be!! And when I needed him to do the part of the wall that was really high up I thought I'd never hear the end of it ( or see it finally finished) poor guy, he actually did a great job-even if it was under protest;)

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thanks Dekota_Skye, I really like my harlequin wall also...and I must admit it was easier than the darned railing!:) P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!

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I love it!!!! It's gorgeous! Fabulous job. I love your harlequin wall!!!!

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Here's the finished railing. I think it turned out ok after all.

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I restained the rail early this morn. I can't even believe how easy it went, I'm thrilled- thanks for the advice & shoulders to cry on. I'm going to try to post a pic at some point:-)

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Well I've taken a break from it today, & have found a ereserve of determination to see this through. I am going to start over on the handrail & give it another go. The staircase opens up to my dining room & the stained handrail is really what I think would work best with the look of my room. So until there is no other way I will persevere! I am a stubborn girl & challenged buy adversity...Tune in tomorrow to see if this obstinate attitude has turned into tears of frustration:-)

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I was so inspired by yours... I did the spindles in my off-white trim paint & was hoping for the handrail to be stained in red mahogany but as you suggest I may opt to paint it in a dark colour...I'm curious if sanding it down & starting over will give me overlapping stain marks. I might try this first & if worst come to worst will paint it in paint & forsake the wood... Good thing we don't plan to live in this house forever. On a good note it still looks better than the yellowed varnish pine the contractor left behind & that is pretty sad! Thanks for the compassion it helps.:-)

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I'm almost too embarassed to even admit what I did, but I still need the help, so here goes... dh was just home for lunch & figured out the bizarre patches that didn't take. In a few places where I had taped off the spindles when I painted them in the trim colour, the tape rested on the handrail, so I'm assuming it was tape residue that prevented the stain from really penetrating. And actually I can see the straight edges of the tape markings- So can I sand down & start over? Any advice would be really appreciated. For today I'm going to take a break from it, let it dry & see if a solution comes forward. Thanks again & when the award for "Dumbest Decorator" comes up don't forget to nominate me!:-)

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