I started a project a couple of weeks ago to strip down and refinish a light oak colored bathroom vanity and stain it ebony.
I used a few coats of Citris stripping gel, along with a bunch of sanding and Citrus paint strip after wash to prepare the surfaces for staining. Then used 100 grain sand paper, then 150, then 220 before lightly rubbed down the wood with a damp cloth to pop the grain and then applied stain, letting it sit following directions of 3-5 minutes before removing. After 4 coats of stain the vanity drawers came out excellent and exactly as I had hoped.
The two doors on the other hand of been a headache. No mater what I do I just cant get them to absorb the stain and come out as dark as the drawers. I resanded them down twice already and reapplied and once they get to about the 3rd coat they just dont absorb any more.
I am at the point now (6 coats) where I think I may have to apply the paint stripper gel again and restart the entire process. Is there anything else I can try to darken them before starting all over?