– First, your woodworking project must determine what type of wood you need to be stained. You must remember that a hardwood is usually difficult to stain.
– Since softwood can have a patchy appearance so it is best to use a pre-stain conditioner on the wood prior to applying the stain. This will allow a more even look on the wood once the stain has been applied.
– Before staining any type of wood, it would be best to sand it until it is refined to the desired extent. Instead of using sand paper, use a sponge brush instead. This will allow the stain to be darker and visible and the wood to have a smooth finish. If you use sand paper, it can be possible that the wood will have difficulty in absorbing the stain making it lighter. It can also leave the wood with a rougher finish.
– You can also use vinyl or latex gloves since stain is difficult to remove from your hands. This will keep your hands protected and stain free. It is also best to work in a well-ventilated area since the fumes from the stain can be quite odorous.
– When applying stain to the wood, simply soak the sponge brush onto to stain and apply it directly to the wood. Do this in long and even strokes. Leave it on to the wood since the longer it stays, the more it is absorbed well. In applying stain to hardwood, you may apply strokes several times since this type of wood has difficulty in absorbing stain.
– After leaving it out for about 15 minutes, you can wipe it out using a clean rag. To darken the color, you will have to wait 4 to 6 hours after applying the second coating of the stain.
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