How To Stain Wood

Wipe away the excess stain after 5-15 minutes, depending on your desired shade. The longer you leave the stain on the wood, the darker it will get. Use a clean rag to wipe off the excess stain, rubbing the wood lightly going in the direction of the grain to dab up the extra pigment. Be thorough, wiping the stain into the wood and creating a thin, even layer of stain. Brush a thin layer of conditioner on the surface in the direction of the grain. Dip a natural bristle brush, rag, or sponge into the wood conditioner and apply even strokes to the wood.

The stain will dry too fast before the wood is able to absorb it. I would sand it down to the bare wood to remove all the stain and then start over to do it the correct way. Lint free rags can be found online and at the home improvement store. Attempting to brush one of these fast drying stains onto a large surface is a sure ticket for uneven coloring. A DIYer can save money by staining unfinished furniture. But staining is scary because it is permanent – and the DIYer does have to be careful.

applying stain

It’s easy to assume that you could just apply the stain to the wood without preparation and return to a board that looks just like the sample at the paint store. Hi Doug, These questions are a little difficult without seeing your deck, but here are my thoughts. 1 – Bleach will kill the mildew and shouldn’t harm the Behr finish. But, I don’t believe this will clean off the mildew well enough to re-stain the deck. I would still recommend power washing before staining. 2 – I would recommend power washing before applying another coat of Behr semi-transparent stain.

After completing the first coat, let the stain dry for roughly 5 minutes. Use a clean rag to wipe off any excess stain and continue to let the wood dry completely. Stain is a fast-drying liquid, so this shouldn’t take too long. Once dry, use a tack cloth to remove any dust or dirt.

Wipe, Dont Brush Stain

Test your stain on a scrap piece of wood to see how it will turn out. Find a small piece of wood that’s the same type you’ll be staining, if possible. Dab the stain onto this test piece of wood using a rag to see how light or dark it turns out. If you choose a water-based stain, a wood conditioner will be necessary because water-based stains raise the grain of the wood.

Honestly, I don’t use water-based stain regularly; I use oil-based stain 90% of the time. But I do have a future project that I was going to play around with the blue tinted water based stain. Computer screens and printers vary in how colors are displayed, so the colors you see may not match the paint’s actual color. Wait 3-4 hours for the sealant to dry before sanding it again, if desired. If you let the protective coat dry for 4 hours and you think it’s done, awesome!

What Do You Do When Wood Wont Absorb Stain?

When you’ve finished painting the stain on, let it sit for 5–15 minutes to soak in, then grab your rag and gently wipe the piece down. Add a second coat if you’d how to sand and stain wood like the color to soak in a bit more. After this, let the stain dry for about 24 hours (up to 48 hours if you’re working in a super humid environment).

They can also be top-coated with a traditional clear polyurethane varnish once you’ve achieved the color you want. Some of these products say that they can be applied over the top of the existing stain and varnish, making them a good option for rejuvenating worn surfaces. The stains known as gel stains are nothing more than very thick oil-based stains. Gel stains are rather messy to apply , but they provide a smooth color and rarely cause blotching, even on pine.

In the second photo, I had completely finished sanding down the top, but I only gave a light sand to the body since I wasn’t staining that part–just painting it. A lot of folks make the mistake of sanding to either too fine of a grit or not fine enough before applying stain. Too fine and the wood won’t be able to accept the stain. Too rough and the wood will be very dark almost to the point of being black. Certain woods like pine, maple and others either have a difficult time accepting stain at all or they become so blotchy when stained that the results are a mess. To avoid that, I’ve tried lots of techniques over the years to help my projects take stain evenly.

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To make your boards absorb evenly, use a wood conditioner after you’ve sanded the boards. Softwoods like cedar, pine or ash don’t always absorb and can turn out blotchy. A wood conditioner will stabilize the wood and allow it to absorb the stain for a consistent golden glow. Picture this — You’re in the middle of tackling another big DIY project on your to-do list. You’ve picked out a great colored stain that’s going to perfectly accentuate the grain and natural character or your boards.

Read the following descriptions to help you choose the right stain for your project. My name is Ryan and I’ve been a professional painter for the last 19+ years. DIY Painting Tips is me sharing everything I know. How to do everything I’ve learned, tips to make things faster, and complete your projects easier with results that look professional. If you have a question about your project or want more information before making your decision, leave a comment below! Benjamin Moore Arboarcoat Deck Stain provides great protection against mildew, blistering, peeling, stains and scuffs.

  • Stain can be applied with a bristle brush, a foam brush, or a cloth.
  • Make sure you remove any sanding dust from the surface.
  • GF Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is specifically designed for use before staining new or bare soft and porous wood surfaces such as with Aspen or Pine.
  • It’s the traditional wood stain that’s been around for over 100 years.
  • Opt for a gel stain for color that rests on the top of the wood.

If you use a quality bristle brush make sure it’s new or very clean used one. Apply the oil-based polyurethane with even, long, strokes with the grain. The wood has been prepped and it’s time to apply the stain. But first, a quick check of your workspace is important. Rub the damp cloth over the unfinished wood, rubbing in the direction of the wood grain to prevent splintering. Now that you have chosen the right stain for your project’s wood, the next step is to clean the wood surfaces.

How To Apply Wood Stain With A Lint

Power washing and sanding are great ways to remove existing deck stain. Behr also makes a chemical stain stripper called Behr Wood Stain and Finish Stripper. Many deck stains will start to peel or wear very unevenly.