Tips For Staining Wood
The look of stained wood on furniture or interior trim is elegant and natural. However, it isn’t as easy as just painting the wood because there are more steps.
This is especially true if you have to strip away previous layers of varnish. Let’s go over some wood staining techniques that will make your project more successful.
Here are a couple pointers before you start the job:
When working with stain, protect eyes and skin by wearing safety glasses and disposable rubber gloves. Remember, anything that can permanently stain wood will stain fingers, too. Also wear old clothes to work, since some stain could spill.
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Preparing Wood To Receive Stain
Now that you have yourself ready, it’s time to get the wood prepped for stain. If it is unfinished, that makes it easy; however, if you have to remove layers of stain and polish, it is a much more work-intensive task.
Starting with a paste stripper and an old brush, cover a manageable area and then let it sit and do its job. Once you can see it has taken off the stain and varnish, carefully use a scraper to remove the paste without gouging the wood.
This video demonstrates the process:
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Once you choose your stain color, a critical step is making sure the stain is thoroughly stirred. (never shake stain) If you don’t, you may end up with darker colored stain as you get to the bottom of the container.
Next, with bare wood, you might need to use a wood conditioner before staining to prevent streaks and blotches and ensure a beautiful, even stain. Be sure to follow the directions for how long to wait after the conditioner before starting the staining process.
You can apply the stain with either a brush or a wet rag. If you use a brush, you need to wipe off the excess with a rag.
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The longer the stain is left on, the deeper and richer the color will be. For consistent color, use careful timing. Never allow any stain to dry on the wood surface—it will prevent the clear finish from adhering and cause other issues.
Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain.
Swirl marks left by a stain-saturated cloth will become even more obvious under a coat of clear finish.
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Follow up with a clear finish to protect the stain and the wood. For more tips on staining, consult with your favorite Denver home painter or talk to the experts at a paint store.