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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Tongue and Groove Wall Paneling

I was planning on doing this project exactly as the blog author stated she did it. The project is a paneled wall that looks like the following image. It looks like Lowe's stopped carrying the ...
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Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain?

I recently finished a dresser top in a very light gray oil based stain. Afterwards I applied a water based matte poly, because I didn't want any yellow tint to show on the light gray color (see this ...
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Interior or Exterior stain for garage steps and shelves?

So obviously with an outside patio you'd use exterior stain, and a bedroom desk you'd use interior stain. But I have no idea what type of stain to use for wood that's located in the garage? The ...
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How do I prevent stain from being removed during sanding?

I am refinishing an old Remington 870 stock birch stock. I stained it with a dark cherry colored stain, and then began to apply Hope's 100% tung oil. I had read to wait at least a day before sanding ...
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Dry time between General Finishes waterborne stain and topcoat?

My project consists of maple plywood with maple veneer edge banding. I plan on using General Finishes waterborne stain, followed by a waterborne polyurethane outdoor varnish. How long do I need to ...
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How challenging is it to sand a stained oak floor?

I am about to do a little touching up of a stained oak floor. I am concerned that sanding the floor with a machine would be infeasible because it means that the stain would be gone from some parts ...
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Is there such a thing as the same stain as wood color?

I want to protect the wood with stain, but I do not want it to become a different color. Is it possible to find a stain that is the same color as the wood? If I were to find such a stain, would the ...
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How can I finish a piece consisting of multiple species to yield an overall cohesive appearance?

So a long time ago I inquired about a project regarding a board game table. Well, we planned it out, scouted the wood, bought it, cut it up, and now we're on assembly! For the outer visible portion ...
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How can I stain birch plywood to match sapele?

First of all, can it be done? If so, how does one mix and match stains to achieve the right color? Is it highly unlikely that I'll get it right?
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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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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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How can I match a finish on furniture when re-finishing?

I have two pieces of maple furniture, a desk with a large water stain, and a kitchen table with minor scratches an exposed wood. My problem is my wife loves the finishes on these pieces of furniture, ...
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What qualities do tea and steel wool vinegar offer as stains?

I stumbled upon the below picture today via social media titled Aging Wood Instantly. The method shortly summed is staining the wood first with black tea and then, after drying, with vinegar that's ...
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How is a “paintbrushed” distressed texture created?

Today at a bar we sat at a table that looked like this: Some of the darkened areas looked like darkening related to the wood grain while others resembled brush strokes, but only if you looked closely....
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Best method to stain the “side” of a project

I wasn't sure how to stain the 1" side of my desktop (an 80x30x1" red oak panel), so I thought painter's tape would be a good idea to only stain half at a time. (Half while doing the "bottom" of the ...
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Should you always use Pre-Stain?

I've read that wood conditioner (also known as pre-stain) helps prevent blotching, but it 'designed' for use with soft or porous wood. I've got an 80x36x1" red oak panel that I think I'm going to ...
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Should I attempt to stain to all of the trim in a room (floor to ceiling)?

I have a dining room with some nice oak wainscoting, ceiling trim and faux beams. There are also four windows, and two doors. All with trim. I have stripped off all of the paint applied by prior ...
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How can I use tea to replicate the look of ammonia fumed wood? [closed]

A comment by dfife on the Q&A Which woods work well with ammonia? says: You can also soak any piece of wood in tea (or something else high in tannins) and give it a higher degree of tannins. I'...
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Stain then glue, or vice-versa?

After you've fabricated your pieces, is it better to "glue-up", then stain? Or is it better to stain first, then glue? What's a good rule-of-thumb?
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Which woods work well with ammonia?

I love the traditional look of quarter sawn oak and the patina finish achieved by gassing the wood with ammonia. Are there other woods that react well by gassing with ammonia? If there are could you ...
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How can I prepare the end grain for stain, so that its final appearance matches the rest of the wood?

Despite doing a great deal of sanding on the end grain, and getting it just as smooth as the rest of the wood, it always soaks up more stain than the rest, and turns out much darker and different. Is ...
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What's the purpose of raising the grain before finishing a furniture piece?

I'm currently working on a entry bench in black walnut. I'm wondering if I should raise the grain before finishing my bench or not. In the past, I haven't done so. I've heard that it's better to ...

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