While wood in its natural state can provide breathtaking beauty, it doesn’t always match the other colors or wood tones in our home. Adding stain to bare or stripped wood can both change the color and highlight the grain pattern of any interior wood. Since wood is a product of nature, it can vary from tree to tree, even in the same wood species.
Avoid surprises: First test any stain you are considering on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that the color of the stain—in conjunction with the natural color of the wood – produces the color you desire.
How to apply
1. All stains require open pores for adequate absorption into the wood. Applying stain over a finished surface will not change the color of the wood. Your cloth will simply wipe off the stain blocked from the pores by the existing finish.
2. Sand bare wood lightly to open the pores in preparation for staining. Begin with a medium-grit sandpaper (#120). Work your way to a final sanding with a fine-grit sandpaper (#220). Always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid leaving unsightly scratches. Stain can be applied with a bristle brush, a foam brush, or a cloth. On woods with large, open pores, such as oak, mahogany and ash, increase your pressure to work the stain into the pores. Rubbing or brushing against the direction of the grain will help fill deep pores with stain.
3. Apply a liberal amount of stain, giving the wood an ample amount to absorb. Pay attention to how long you leave the stain on the wood before wiping off any unabsorbed liquid. 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.
4. 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. Its thicker consistency enables it to cling to vertical surfaces without immediately running, giving you more time to apply an even coat of stain. Remember: a stain provides color, but not protection.
5. Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and the wood—and to make the final results look even more beautiful.
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