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I have put a couple of coats of stain and I have alot of nibs sort of. Would it be best to lightly sand off then stain again, then shellac for last coat? I am trying to get as smooth as possible, thanks, Dana
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What kind of stain did you use? Also if you shook the can instead of stirring it lightly then the nibs could be air bubbles. And then again, the nibs could also be particles of dust that were not removed before applying the stain. Also never use shellac as a sealer coat as it does not do well as an exterior finish.
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The first coats of stain will raise the grain resulting in those nibs. Sand it with 240/320 grit to make it smooth then apply a seal coat of varnish that has been reduced. Once that has cured then sand it again and apply two wet coats of varnish. Use a high quality marine varnish with good UV protection for your finish..

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What did you use for a stain? If it was a urethane finish with the colour in it, you should probably sand the nibs down and put a couple more coats of clear urethane on it. If the sanding takes some of the colour out more coats of stain will be needed. As 27Tall T said, never shake to mix it, always stir to prevent air bubbles that will show up as nibs. Most likely the nibs are wood fibers that are normal.
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Yes I did shake the can big time, oh well I will take all your suggestions and see what happens, thanks again, Dana
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