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.