Questions tagged [stain]

A stain is a discoloration of a material, caused by another material or liquid. For cleaning help, use with the [cleaning] tag. For staining wood, use the [staining] tag instead. Asking for cleaning product suggestions is off-topic.

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Looking for advice on this refinishing project

Refinishing some wood builtins (veneer). The photos below are of a shelf which appears to have the same veneer; I am using that shelf as a test bed. I have provided several photos in different ...
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Brown spots on wall after painting

We’ve been having some trouble with brown spots on a (freshly) painted wall. Background info: Moved in a few months ago and had decorator repaint guest bedroom (Dulux primer then Leylands trade ...
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Used the wrong color wood stain on a Cypress post

I am looking for advice on a home DIY mistake. We have 4 cypress posts in the front of our house, and 2 cypress posts in the back. They are new and had never been finished. I stained the back two ...
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What is the cheapest/laziest way to touch up discolored hardwood?

I rent, so the amount of money and labor I am looking to invest in my floors is small. That said, there are a number of spots where the hardwood has a sort of "dead" look that I wouldn't ...
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Accidentally splashed surgical alcohol on a plaster wall

So I was using surgical alcohol in my bathroom when I splashed some of it on the wall. Now I have a pale blue alcohol stain on it. The wall is a plaster wall covered with white paint. Any ideas on how ...
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Repair ripped carpet

We bought a contemporary newly designed carpet. But it has only been a week now, and the carpet has started to show some damage even though we haven't used it. There was a particular blackish yellow ...
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How can I hide wood stain on painted drywall?

This weekend when making a built in cabinet, I accidentally got some wood stain on my painted drywall. (Yes, I know I should've taped...). Now, I have to touch up the wall. However from what I have ...
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How to avoid orange buildup on shower tile grout?

Once a month, I have to use an old tooth brush to gently remove the orange buildup on the grout between our shower tiles. I don't have to use any solvents or chemicals. A little water is all that I ...
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Wood stain is not tacky but still leaves residue on cloth

I built a wooden table using Pine. I sanded and stained the whole thing, wiping off the excess. It is in my garage and temperatures have been in the upper 40s - low 50s so I was expecting longer ...
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Applying Wood Conditioner to Pine - How much should I use?

I have a pine window sill that was beat up over 40 years. I sanded it (down to 60 grit with sandpaper frequently clogging), applied wood preconditioner, and tonight I applied the stain (oil based). ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

I recently built a stovetop cover or "noodle board" using a hardwood so it can be used as a cutting surface. I stained it with minwax gel stain and from what i understand it should be food ...
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How to rectify tannin staining through paint?

I am painting some wooden internal window sills and skirting boards, and a yellow-brown stain is showing through the paint. From the answers to What are the brown stains showing through my white ...
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Why is my new pine fence turning black? Can I stain right over it without creating a bigger future headache?

We put in a new pine fence about 2-3 months ago. (Southern Yellow Pine, from Lowes. They called it “Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine”) I have been trying to stain/seal it for the past month and a ...
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How to clean wood stain off of vinyl porch?

I refinished our dining room furniture out on the porch, and stupidly didn't put a tarp or anything down. Now there is woodstain all over. The porch is plastic (maybe vinyl, not sure what the ...
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Wait how long after applying wood stain before urethane pass?

I am wondering how long after applying the stain do I need to wait before applying urethane. The weather in my parts is a bit capricious, so I am keen to keep wood outside as little as possible.
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Applying urethane to table: brush or pad?

I am finishing the stain coat of my revamped desk, and I am wondering, after much enjoying using a staining pad rather than a brush, if I could use a pad for the urethane as well — or will that leave ...
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How to remediate a coal stain cement and cinder block wall

I have a room in my basement that was used to store coal. The walls (cement and cinder block) are badly stained and still smell of coal. I have tried power washing and scrubbing with a wire bush to ...
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Is there any point in putting solid stain (rather than paint) on LP Smartside?

I'm getting ready to build a barn, likely with LP Smartside siding. LP says that you can put "solid" stain on it (not transparent). My question is, is there ever a reason you would do that? ...
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How to treat outdoor wood for use as a bar for drinks etc

I want to build a bar at home for serving drinks etc and want to use reclaimed wood. So far I've managed to get hold of a softwood fence panel. How would I treat it and get it to a usable condition?
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Refinishing table, Water-Based Polyurethane Dries Fast and Leaves Blush after Sand. What to do?

Here are the facts: Pine table I applied a wood conditioner at the beginning. I stained in the garage with the garage door open. Super high humidity now. The water-based polyurethane dries super ...
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Help with stain on white coffee table

I have recently discovered a light brown ring stain on my white coffee table. I have no idea where it came from (I'm still racking my brain for things I've put on the table that would create this ...
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What type of wood treatment does my garden office / summer house need?

The exterior wood on the top of my garden office / summer house is looking a bit tired / worn out - see picture below. What kind of treatment should I use to restore/protect the wood? See the lower ...
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How to remove chemical stain from granite composite?

I've left a sponge soaked in alkaline anti grease cleaner on a granite composite sink AND on worktop that is covered in plastic (?) laminate, and now there are two white burn marks. Is there any way ...
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Coconut oil stain in matte painted wall

I accidentally got coconut oil on my wall a few months ago. At the time I tried everything to get it off but it wouldn't budge. I live in rented accommodation so I will be buying paint to do touch-...
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infra-red deleading

I have an exterior wall (maybe 15' x 15') with several layers of lead paint, decades old. About 1/3 has been professionally deleaded and is bare wood. Big parts of paint elsewhere are peeling/...
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Cleaning dried up hand-disinfectant from lacquered wood floor

There was some hand-disinfectant dropped on a lacquered wooden floor. Tried to remove as much as possible with a wet tissue but the stains shown in the picture remained... Anyone knows what could be ...
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Mold on cedar soffit - how to fix?

I stained this 2 years ago before installation - back and front. The boards were kiln dried and stained inside. The penetrating stain I used contains linseed oil and after I installed I read some ...
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Drywall stain bleeding thru after 5 coats of paint

My drywall was wet before due to a leak. It has a stain mark. But after 5 coats of white paint from Behr brand and Kilz primer, the yellow stain is still bleeding thru In the past, I remember I had ...
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How do I remove white beverage stains from my dark finished wood table?

Simple question: How do I remove the white powdery stains from my finished wood dining room table? I've already tried Bona and cleaning the stains gently with a soft plastic scrubbie. It really seems ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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Gel stain is too dark on a brand new fiber glass door. How can I fix it?

Can I take the stain off? Use a lighter stain on top? Or do I use paint on top? I hate the dark color and want it off. I wish we didn't stain it at all.
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Why is the paint around my ceiling air vent discolored?

What is this pattern of discoloration around my ceiling AC supply vent, and how can I stop it from happening again if I repaint? Background: In September 2016, I had an air conditioning system ...
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How can I prevent water trail stains on bathroom drywall?

In an upstairs bathroom, I found these water trail stains on a wall. There's no plumbing behind the wall so I imagine these are from humidity. What I'm curious about is whether there's any way to ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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Round brown spots on living room walls?

We moved in just shy of a year ago. In the past month these spots have been showing up- they are dry to the touch and only in our living room - on both the interior and exterior walls. For reference ...
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Can I remove polyurethane but leave the stain?

I recently finished several doors in our house, using two coats of stain - one each of a different stain - and polyurethane to finish. For one door, I forgot to put on the 2nd coat of stain by ...
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Desk stain still tacky in a few places after a week and a half

I have been reading all of these looking for an answer. I stained my desk with two coats, oil base, then we had humidity. I have yet to do a clear coat. Most of this desk has dried yet still some ...
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How can I remove white 'splatter' which has partially seeped into a wooden panel?

I'm looking at a wooden wardrobe, which has... well, seen a lot of punishment. But in this question I'm focusing on how its side was splattered/stained with white material which is either whitewash, ...
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How to fix newbies deck stain mistakes without sanding the whole deck

I applied Thompson Waterproof semi-transparent stain to sanded and cleaned deck(pressure treated wood approximately a year old) It was nice dry summery day with temp around 70 and I started first ...
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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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Remove silicone stain from ceiling

I made a mistake and ended up with a very light coat of cured silicone spread in the ceiling. So looking at an angle, this ceiling area is shining. I can't just scrap it off because it very thin and ...
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Are These Ceiling Stains From Cigarette Smoke?

We purchased a home recently and there is a lot of discoloration on the ceiling of the living room. Can someone tell me based on the photo below, if you can tell what would have caused these stains? ...
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Is it normal for a professional hardwood refinishing to not have removed black stains? (pet/iron oxide)

I recently had the hardwoods in my new (old) house professionally refinished. Besides the decades-old finish having been worn down completely, there were also black iron oxide stains throughout. After ...
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Yellowing around crown molding

I live in an older home (built in 1929) in NJ and one of bedrooms has yellowing showing around all the crown molding. The room is below the attic and the attic is insulated above the ceiling. I don’t ...
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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Staining + sealing cedar for outdoors

I've made an outdoor cabinet out of cedar. I like the natural look, but I used various other wood species like white oak as "moulding" and am thinking I would like a uniform look. I would like the ...
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How to get rid of smell after wood stain applied?

I recently stained some homemade wooden buttons for my wife. The buttons were bade from poplar wooden dowels sliced to 2-3mm thickness. Some quick light sanding was done to each button. I then used ...
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Winterizing new wet-treated pressure treated pine deck

We’re in a townhome and replaced our small 2nd floor deck/porch with wet-treated pressure treated pine 3-4 weeks ago. We had to do it well in advance of the other units for safety reasons. There’s a ...
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Deck Staining with a little light drizzle

Can I apply deck stain if there is a slight drizzle of rain?