Thanks Ianwater !!
I will try that, I talked to some pros down at the Sherian Williams store & they recommend MinWax pre stain conditioner.
Making sample boards for a customer (kitchen & laundry room cabinets) using oak, hickory & alder.
The knotty alder is giving me the problem.
Min wax stain conditioner is 90% solvents (MSDS), you would do just as well diluting varnish and equal amount and use it….besides saving some money. These (sanding sealers) are all just a very thin finish.
"I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd
Thanks to all.
I have copied & saved all of these recipes.
I have made 3 sample boards using oak, hickory & knotty alder.
I used a couple your protocols on the alder.
If they choose the alder I will explore the rest of them for the best results.
Thanks for all of your great input !!