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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wood conditioner between stain layers

When putting multiple coats of stain on a piece of wood, should wood conditioner be applied between each coat or only before the first coat?
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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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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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Can you apply water based stain over oil based wood conditioner?

I put oil based wood conditioner on and but would rather used water based conditioner and stain. I am able to put on water based stain over the oil based conditioner? Or is there a way to remove the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (...
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Ran into a few issues while staining my table top

My table top is made out of ash. There were a few spots that didn't take the stain well. Any suggestions on how to approach fixing these spots? This is my first build, so any help is appreciated!
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Preventing dust spots when staining outside

I'm getting ready to stain a small table I'm making, and everything I've read says that you need to make sure your environment is dust-free to prevent spots. However, I live in a small condo in the ...
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Wear out of wooden floor

In a dance studio I have a flooring from engineered wood, with top layer ~3mm ash. After 2 years the heavily used spot looks like this: While in the corner, where there's not much traffic, it looks ...
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Can I blow torch a table that is already stained?...what would happen? Thanks

I have a table that is newly stained. The idea of blow torching came after the fact. Does anyone know what the results would be if you blow torch a stained table?
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Stair treads do not look smooth after sanding and finishing

I recently bought a house and decided to remove the carpet from the stairs and install hardwood instead. To save money, I decided to buy unfinished stair treads and risers and to finish them myself. ...
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Didn't let wood dry between coats of stain & poly. How to correct?

I attempted my first ever woodworking project this weekend and thought it was going smoothly until I realized I was supposed to let the minwax oil based stain dry for 4-6 hours between coats. I had ...
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What can be done to correct wipe-on poly that is still tacky after 24 hours?

The project is an oak dining table top. The varnish had worn off in spots. After stripping a few spots that had been exposed for longer still had a gray, aged look. It is a veneer so I didn't want to ...
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Fixing a wood stain issue

So I have this unfortunate line from my stain in some of the vertical boards. It's front and center, so I want to fix it. My only guess is that this is from when I was sanding the joint where those ...
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Knots bleeding thru on the deck

The knots on my treated lumber deck have been bleeding thru the solid color latex stain. After scraping off the mounds of sap, I coated the knots with two coats of amber shellac. My question is: Can ...
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Refinishing - how much to sand

I'm refinishing a bakers box and it has some scratches and tape over it. Am I supposed to sand the stain off or just the poly? I generally like the color. I could darken it a shade to a darker ...
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Clean and protect cabinets and railing [closed]

Wanted to clean and protect the cabinets and railings in our house. They feel very dry to touch and ones in the bathroom look dirty. But first I want to understand what kind of wood was used for these....
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Splotches Showing Up when Staining Staircase

I am attempting to stain a staircase that had carpet running down the middle of it. After getting the carpet pulled up, the staple holes filled in, and the stairs sanded, there are some splotches ...
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Best way to correct splotchy stain job on MDF?

In making a new tabletop for wife's sewing table, I cut some 3/4" MDF and applied a base of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, and then Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. After letting it sit for a day, I ...
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Tacky/ gummy Danish oil surface on stained, Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I decided to brush on a ...
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How long does it take for the odor to go away after applying varnish?

I recently refinished our dining room table using Minwax stain and urethane. My question is why hasn't this overpowering smell gone away? Its been two weeks now and I can't stand the smell yet. Its ...
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Using BLO on a Base Used for an Electrical Lamp

I'm just finishing a wooden lamp as a base for an electrical lamp (using a porcelain bulb socket) Do I need to worry about the flammability of the stain/wood? Assuming I keep the electrical ...
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This was my first attempt to making a coffee table. I have some issues where stain didnt take

Pine wood, miniwax pre conditioner, Miniwax honey stain This has not been poly'd yet. At this stage, I made sure I wad pretty careful and sanded really well. I also made sure that glue was ...
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Glue spots under stain

I have two pieces of plywood that I joined with biscuits and wood glue (wiping away all excess glue after joining the two pieces. I then sanded the whole piece down to 220 grit. After staining there ...
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Suggestions for OSB coating

I am making shelves from OSB. I have find in Internet that it is possible to apply some coating so that OSB will be shining and smooth. Can you please suggest some type of coating/stain/finish (can't ...
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Type of stain...?

How does this guy do to get this kind of stain/finish. It is dark in some areas and light in others. This was a small chuck of the show table that I thought would be the most useful. Does anybody know ...
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Why would stain change color from one project to another?

I am staining a door and when I did the first side last weekend.. The stain matched other wood in the house beautifully. But when I went to do the other side this weekend.. The stain is much darker.. ...