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Questions tagged [staining]

The tools and techniques surrounding the process of coloring the wood while maintaining the appearance of the grain.

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PLEASE HELP BLOTCHY STAIN JOB

I stained the top of this nightstand black. Clear coated it with a spray matte clear and it turned out like this. I used a 1000 grit sandpaper and gently sanded the top. It seemed to just make the ...
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Can wood be “dyed” transparent?

Is it possible to "dye" or otherwise treat wood so that is becomes transparent? Or at least, somewhat permits light to pass? I think I've seen examples of very thin handplane shavings which have a ...
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What to do after staining table and getting dark streaks

I sanded a secondhand table and after I staining it looks streaky. Don't know the type of wood. How can I fix this? Pic added of the table before I sanded and one after I sanded and before I added ...
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Douglas fir stair treads spots not staining?

I made these stair treads out of reclaimed Douglas fir. The wood is gorgeous! Some of the stairs stained amazing and a couple have these much lighter spots where the wood didn't seem to take the stain?...
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What solids content does a hardwearing wood / floor stain need to have?

I have read that for paint the solids content indicates something about the quality of the paint in the sense that higher solids probably means fewer coats required. Is this also the case for stains? ...
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How long do I have to wait for glue to dry before staining?

I have four 4'x8' 3/4" sheets of plywood glued and screwed together to make an 8'x8' platform. Do I have to allow the wood glue to dry for the full 24 hours before I start staining, or can I start ...
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A beginner's question about sanding, stain, and polyurethane for a SMOOTH finish

I'm doing to hobby pieces using 3/4" pine ply. On my faces, I've sanded with 80, then 120, then finish with 220 using random orbit sander. To the touch, it's very very smooth. I'll give it a good ...
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Accidentally applied polyurethane instead of wood pre-conditioner. Now what?

I am working on staining some new, unfinished maple shelves. Unfortunately, I got careless and applied a layer of oil-based polyurethane instead of the pre-stain wood conditioner. Is there something I ...
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Outdoor teak table and chairs options

I have acquired a ~10 year old Westminster (do they use grade A teak?) teak table and chairs and am now looking to restore to a high quality, starting with the table. I've had a look online for the ...
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Stairs-stain color Jacobean Miniwax

In middle of staining stair treads, the stain isn’t dark enough and can see the wood putty underneath. Do I just go darker with next coat-different shade? Or do I need to re sand and use wood ...
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Water-borne finish on red oak and want the natural red colour you get using oil finish

I will be using a water-borne finish on red oak and want the natural red colour you get when using an oil finish. How can I achieve this?
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Staining pine table top how can I get rid of this spot

How can I get rid of this spot? I sanded and thought I had gotten rid of it. I did not use mineral spirits before applying stain. Any idea on how to get this spot to darken?
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Stain Remaining After Sanding

We have a pine table top we are trying to stain. We used wood conditioner but still had some weird flecks/blotchiness. We sanded it down again to stain again but the flecks have remained. Any tips to ...
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Splotchy sheen on wood after staining

Help! First time using pine project panels (I know pine is notorious for splotching) and wood has a splotchy sheen, almost like a rash or fingerprints, after applying wood stain. Is this normal? I ...
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Staining veneer in humid weather

I am working in my garage in Wisconsin in August so needless to say it’s super muggy/humid. I’ve veneered my speaker cabinet and I’m getting ready to stain. Should I bring in the cabinets and put ...
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Spray on Lacquer for Vertical Surface

I have a rectangular speaker cabinet (basically a box). Can I use spray lacquer and spray all sides at once? Otherwise I have to account for a lot of overspray.
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Is stain an acceptable final finish?

I am planning to put wood beams on my tall ceilings and I don't have much time to do both a stain AND a finish on the beams. If I just stain the beams, will this be acceptable? Or do I have to coat it ...
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Exterior Door staining

We purchased an ext. door from a local reputable facility (not a box store) and upon receipt, realized the door was constructed from both pine (frame) and Douglas Fir (door), side windows & ...
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What happens if I put wood sealant on top of wood finish by accident?

Today we were supposed to do a second coat of finish on our hard wood floors. But accidentally we started with the sealant we used before we did our first coat of finish... we noticed about 25min in ...
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Formaldehyde in water-based stains

I chose a water-based stain, Minwax Water-Based (https://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain), for my recent unfinished pine shelving project mostly for the lower VOC ...
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Wood conditioner then stain then oil?

I’m about to finish my first woodworking project, it’s a tv stand made from 2x4s. I’ve been doing some research on finishing but can’t find an exact answer. I’ve seen that a wood conditioner should be ...
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How do I achieve flush joinery when the pieces need to be stained differently?

When people need flush corner joints (say, dovetails), I usually see them glue the piece up, sand or plane the joint flush, and then apply stain to the whole thing. That won't work for me, because I ...
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Wood stain coming off wood onto hands

Let me first say that I am new here but hoping to get an answer for a specific question. I'm not really a woodworker, so your tolerance is appreciated. I was recently gifted a very nice sword. The ...
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Sanded and stained a pine window shelf… water damaged areas too dark. How to fix?

I am prepping my house to sell. We sanded and stained a window shelf under a Bay Window and the water damaged areas came out too dark. So how should I fix this? Sand again or stripper, or just cover ...
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What causes dark patches in stained wood?

I'm having trouble with staining wood correctly and I'm getting dark patches as seen in the picture below: Materials: Bare new radiata pine Stain timber primer Oak Stain w/ 50% reducer My process ...
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Splotchy staining on cherry veneer

Based on a 14 x 17" sample the contractor showed us, we bought cherry veneer bathroom cabinets with a cinnamon finish. Most (not all) of the drawers have splotchy staining (see photo). The ...
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Fix damage to maple table

My question may be similar to How to fix water damage to wooden table, but even then I would appreciate the woodworking-101 treatment ... The damage inside the red rectangles is from acetone and is ...
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staining ash hardwood floors

Our new wide planked country ash hardwood flooring needs a little stain to warm it up. I would like the stain to be environmentally healthy but am confused about whether to use a water based stain ...
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Bleeding bubbles through stain

Okay I saw another question about bleeding through paint but this is stain so it may have a different solution. I sanded, used prestain conditioner, and minwax stain on a desk I’m attempting to ...
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Pre-conditioner on seep through stain?

I'm staining a table and some stain got through between the boards of the table when I did the other side. Should I pre-condition over the stain that seeped through? Sand down that stain a bit first ...
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Can I remove color oil stain excess from my piece of wood?

I applied so much oil stain in a piece of wood of pine, and now it looks a bit weird (ugly). I made a try with much less oil in an other piece of the wood, and looks better, so I wonder if there is a ...
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Do I need a pre-stain conditioner if I'm not staining?

I'm working on a project involving a bed and cabinets. I'm using cedar 2x4s for the structure and plywood for the visible parts. I'm not sure what kind of plywood it is; I chose it because it had the ...
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Lacquer brush marks, and dullness, on wood surface - what to do?

I looked around and didn't see an answer to this question. I have a wood door on my house that was looking a little dull. It had been finished at the factory with a black stain-lacquer combination. I ...
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Cabinet Stain Issues

I have an issue with some areas on stain absorption in my birch cabinets. We sanded, pre-conditioned and stained the cabinets but now have some odd issues with the way it is setting. Not sure what the ...
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After stripping paint and applying wood stain, item is looking very blotchy… now what?

I am in the process of restoring an item of furniture that had been painted black, back to a wood finish. I started off by stripping off the paint with Citri-strip and sanding it until it felt ...
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How to fix this blotchy staining job?

As part of a renovation, my contractor had to remove some 60 year old Southern pine stair treads and replace with new ones. When staining to match the remaining treads, the color match was okay, but ...
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moisture after first layer of stain.. now what?

my question is about how to save my table!!! Im doing my first project. I sanded the table yesterday, applied pre-stain/ conditioner and then my first layer of stain. I went to check it to see if it ...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

I've just started cutting, sanding, and staining premium pine craft wood from Lowe's to make my hand painted signs. I do hand lettering and use water based acrylic paint pens and sometimes gel pens. I ...
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Should I use a conditioner on maple before applying tung oil finish or polyurethane?

I am getting to the end stages of building a desk out of maple. Should I use a wood conditioner on my maple wood before applying tung oil finish or polyurethane? I have tried a bit of both on a test ...
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Blotching like you've never seen before!

I'm pretty much a total amateur when it comes to staining. My husband hung unfinished pine doors in all our rooms about 8 years ago but never got around to staining (he really is a busy guy so no ...
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Stain not adhering to wood

I purchased a table from a reputable furniture store and received it about 2 weeks ago. Everything seemed OK with the table upon receipt. However, on 11/1, I noticed the "stains" (or lack of stain) ...
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How well does Walnut take stain?

I'm making a coffee table and want to use either Walnut or Chestnut. But here's the deciding question/factor because I know that Chestnut takes stain relatively well. But how well does Walnut take ...
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Was there paint under the stain I stripped off?

I'm striping an old headboard for a bead frame with the intention of re-staining it. As I am working I noticed that the consistency and color of the stuff I'm stripping from the large flat surfaces ...
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How do I apply Minwax Polyshades Espresso stain over two coats of Polyshades Pecan stain to darken a bit?

I'm trying to apply Minwax Polyshades espresso stain after having applied a coat of Minwax Polyshades pecan to solid pine wood. I pre-conditioned the wood and applied two coats of the pecan. I'm using ...
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Refinishing wood: Should I use wood conditioner after light sanding before staining an old desk?

I bought an old desk at a garage sale, and I want to restain it. I've already sanded the whole desk and am ready to clean it up with tack cloth and restain. I didn't sand down to plain colored wood, ...
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Wood Conditioner needed with Citrus Solvent / Tung Oil?

I'm staining a butcher block countertop with pure tung oil diluted with citrus solvent after progressively sanding with 60 & 120 grit sandpaper. Is wood conditioner also needed before applying ...
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How to stain hickory

I have hickory cabinets that I bought with the intent of staining a moderately dark reddish brown to go with adjacent woodwork, but found that the wood isn't accepting the (regular oil-based) stain ...
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Uniform oak dying: attenuate the grain

I am replacing a small section of oak flooring (I believe it's European oak) and am at the stage of colour matching. I have found a dye which, after three applications, gives the correct colour. ...
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Rough polyurethane job.

I applied poly after staining what I thought was a smooth surface pine board. Rough when first coat dried. Sanded it lightly and is fairly smooth. I want to apply another coat but dust is sticking to ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

TL;DR: How do I fix this, and have it match the final color? I'm getting ready to join some 10.5"-wide red oak for a table top, and one of the boards has a void on an edge, right in the middle (...