Hey guys sorry for the absence, I’ve been taking a bit longer sanding down the shell. It’s starting to look a lot better and the burn mark is also fading. The shell thickness seems to be okay.
I’ve been watching videos about staining wood and I noticed a lot of people sanding up to 220. Even the instructions for the stain I wanted said 220. It’s too late for 220 grit, but will the stain still hold if I smooth out with 400 grit?
Stains work by filling in the pores of the wood, so in general when you apply it after sanding to higher grits it will appear lighter than it would have otherwise. You can also use wood dye which actually penetrates the wood or a gel stain which is more of a surface treatment