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Quick tips on staining wood surfaces

(NC) Staining brings out the best in a wood surface. Adding stain to a wooden surface not only aligns the colour to match a room's décor, however it also emphasizes the natural grain pattern on any wood. Staining and finishing furniture, picture frames, and other wood surfaces is a simple DIY project that will refresh the look of any room.

Here are some professional staining tips that focus on pre-staining procedures, effective products, and applications that will ensure the best results for your finished product:

Equipment for project

Fine grit sandpaper

Disposable rubber gloves

Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths

Clean rag


Sanding: Always prepare the wood with a light sanding. Sanding the wood surface ensures you get a nice even coat of stain when the time comes. Always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid leaving unsightly scratches. Use a fine grit sandpaper or even a very fine grit to get a smooth down appearance. Make sure to remove all the sanding dust before moving on.

Preparation: To keep hands clean, wear the gloves provided in the Minwax Finishing cloths package. Open the front label. Remove a stain cloth. Close the front label to keep cloths from drying out.

Application: Using the stain cloth wipe in the direction of the wood, working the colour into the surface. After the stain has been applied, wipe the stain off immediately for a lighter tone, or for a deeper tone, leave it on 5-10 minutes before wiping off using a clean rag. Similarly to the application of the stain, make sure to wipe off any excess stain going in the direction of the grain of wood. Never allow any excess stain to dry on wood surface—it will cause all sorts of adhesion and other issues.

Evaluation: After letting the finish sit for an hour, evaluate your work. If you are satisfied do not apply any further stain. However, for an even deeper color and sheen, wait one hour, then apply a second coat, using a fresh cloth. Remember – Stain provides colour, but not protection. Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish product such as Minwax Polycyclic Protective finish to protect both the stain and the wood.

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