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I have been making custom cabinets for almost 15 years now and I have stained plenty of maple. About a year and a half ago I did a maple kitchen in which I used M.L. Campbell Woodsong 2. This was a very dark stain stain that the customer selected. Problem is, there are multiple doors and drawer fronts(the one's most commonly used) where the stain and topcoat is peeling off to barewood. I've talked to my supplier and he says that too much pigment was left on the wood. But also tells me that the product didn't fail, but really can't give me a straight answer on what the problem is. Like I said this is not my first time staining maple and never had this problem before. What's your thoughts?

I have used M.L. Campbell Woodsong 2; only a couple of times, and that was over 5 years ago.

Not relating to your staining etc.  --- I was told by my supplier that the darker the pigmentation in Woodsong 2 the less penetration and adherence to the raw fibers.
The heavier the pigmentation; the less the solid can perform it's job.
I was also told; that if all of the pigment wasn't  wiped-off thoroughly, there was a greater chance of the stain not adhering as it should and consequently the finish doesn't have the grip on the wood that is needed.  Thus; the release of the product when hands are constantly on certain areas.

As you already know; the oils in our hands are very acetic and after a time; can penetrate the finish and stain, removing both.
This is very common in the homes where we are working; but, it seems that it usually takes longer than a year and a half.

I am sure that you are already aware of the information above and I wish you well in your project.

Joe Eldredge
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