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Monday, November 03, 2008

How To Stain Wood

Staining in the home is generally most easily done with a simple oil base stain. It’s just brushed on and wiped off. Staining is kind of “what you see is what you get”. If the wood your staining isn’t stain grade it will show every imperfection, joint, or color variation inherent in the wood. If you want smooth consistent color you need to start with wood or wood trim pieces made from a single piece. There are also woods that the grain is so varied that when stained will look many different colors, like Pine for instance. Sometimes you need to apply multiple coats to get the look you want.

Tools and Materials


  1. Fill nail holes and cracks with putty,sand smooth and wipe clean
  2. Apply stain with brush or rag.Let set a minute or two and then wipe off. The longer you wait the darker it will be. Don’t let it get too dry.
  3. When dry apply a coat of sanding sealer and allow to dry.
  4. When dry sand with 180 grit sandpaper,wipe clean and recoat
  5. When dry sand with 220 grit sandpaper,wipe clean and apply a coat of varnish. One coat is usually all that is needed but you can put as many as you want to get the look you want.Reduce the grit on your sandpaper each time.


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