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March 22, 2014 in Design Dilemma
In building our new home, our designer helped us choose a beautiful dark stain to go on our birch cabinetry throughout our home called New Ebony by Sherwin Williams. The painter applied one coat of the stain (which the builder says is "the industry standard.") The painter then, applied one coat of sealer and two coats of lacquer and covered the cabinetry to protect it. When the cover was removed to put on the counter tops we were mortified at the results (see photos below.) It is splotchy and uneven to say the least. We guessed that the problem was that another coat of stain was needed before the sealer? But we admittedly don't know anything about cabinetry staining. The builder told us that another coat would not have made a difference because birch is difficult to stain and would not have taken more stain than was already put on. Is the problem the birch? Is it a bad batch of stain? Is it the application? Is it the construction of the cabinets? I don't know anything about wood or staining or cabinetry, but I know the results we got are not good. The builder is charging us to have the stain fixed with a tinted lacquer.