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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Water stain in basement found during inspection in a house

We are looking to buy a house and don't have much experience yet (lived in condo most of our lives). We had an inspection in the house that we are looking to buy and some stain was found in the ...
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How do I remove a rust stain from my granite counter top?

My wife had a towel holder on our granite bathroon counter top. It left a rust stain on the counter. What can I use to remove?
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How to remove over stain from finished woodwork on my stairs

We recently had our wood floors refinished and the floor guys carelessly got the water based stain on my wood casework. The casework is stained and finished with a glossy poly of some kind. I can't ...
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Is deckover or a simple stain more appropriate for this deck

I spent a couple of days sanding this deck and aside from a few boards that need to be partially replaced it is in good condition. I also plan to fill in a few holes with wood putty. But I'm ...
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How do i get a wet bicarbonate of soda stain out of my carpet?

I had a stain on my carpet, the professional came round tried to remove it and later it turned pink, he told me to add bicarbonate of soda watered down 1/5, the pink faded but not completely he said ...
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How to make pressure treated wood look old quickly

We are adding a porch onto our old tobacco barn and are using pressure treated lumber. We started in July to prepare for my daughter's outdoor wedding in late October. I would like for the porch wood ...
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Best way to protect a new fence from weather before it can be stained

I just installed a new fence and now it's supposed to rain every day for 10 straight days. Woohoo!! The stain guys can't come out for 5 weeks. And the fence is not supposed to be stained for at ...
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selecting correct stain and varnish/poly/something else for oak hardwood floor

I'm going to sand down some oak floors and stain them with a darker color. I'm struggling with finding the correct products and process to do this. (I already have a plan for sanding) I have two 50lb ...
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Best Concrete for Pet Headstone

I spend a lot of times on other areas of stackexchange, but this looked to be the best place to ask the following question. Feel free to let me know if it isn't. I'm going to layout exactly what I'm ...
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Why does this paint (or stain, or whatever) not want to stick to my fence?

I've spent an hour or so painting this fence (more unpictured), but the paint I'm using seems to be really pathetic at actually colouring the fence. Is this even the right paint for the job? The ...
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Dirty water stain on oak worktop

I have had a solid oak worktop delivered and placed it on some sheets next to my radiator until ready to treat with Danish oil. Just about to start and it looks like the radiator has leaked and soaked ...
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New Wooden decking. To stain or not to stain [duplicate]

I had new wooden decking installed on my balcony. The guy that did the job says it doesn't need stain because the wood is already treated: http://www.diy.com/departments/premium-brown-softwood-deck-...
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Recommendations for staining a deck that lives in the sun all year long?

I live in Colorado and have a new deck. It is hot as hell here in the summer and my deck has direct sunlight all summer. I've been looking for a type of stain that will work well in desert like ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Leaking Steam Radiator Pipe?

Just noticed a brown stain on my dinning room ceiling. It's almost directly above a cast iron radiator on the second floor. I know the water in the system gets iron deposits which must be why it's ...
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Waterproof stains for outdoor kids toys

I'm working on a large sandbox for my kid and the neighbours' kids to enjoy (it's a big Millennium Falcon). I've managed to design it so it's just wood, large 12" structural screws, and some large ...
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Stained Plaster - Waterproof primer before or after patching

I have a water stained plaster ceiling. The leak has been fixed. A lot of the old paint has peeled off and needs to be patched. I've noticed a few other patch jobs in this old house that are bubbling ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? Or ...
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How to refinish a rubberwood and veneer coffee table top?

A part of the rubberwood and veneer coffee table got damaged and I would like to learn what are the tools and materials used to refinish/fix this type of issue. The manufacturer says that it's a '...
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Water stains on ceiling

I have some water stains on my ceiling as the picture shows below. I couldn't figure out if this is a roof leaking or the condensation in attic. Please help.
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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What type of sealer/stain to use on untreated cedar 4x4 lumber glued together

I'm planning on making a heavy bench top by using six 4"x4"x6' posts, and gluing the faces together with Elmer brand carpenters glue and several large bar/trigger clamps. Afterwards, I'll just ...
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Didn't stain my new fence this summer: do it while its cold or wait until next year?

I have a new fence built from pressure-treated wood. We did not get around to staining it this fall and the temperatures are now in the 40s. Is it better just to wait until next year or should I ...
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I installed my cedar fence 2 months ago. Can I stain it next year?

This is a knotty cedar board fence. I did not have enough time to stain it this year. On top of that I plan to redo my deck next year in April-May. I would like to give the same stain. Is it too ...
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Wood Counter Top Damage

I have a wood countertop w/ dark water stain damage, I'm looking for ways to fix. I tried sanding and it just made the area around the stain lighter.
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How to achieve a sun-bleached effect with wood stain

I have a new wood shelf that I am trying to stain to a sun-bleached colour. I believe the wood is pine. Before staining, I sanded thoroughly with grit 60, 100, 150, 220. I also used a conditioner ...
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Can I stain bleached bamboo back to natural color?

I picked up some outdoor bamboo shelving that's faded pale. I'd like to stain it a creamy-yellow "natural" color and bring it inside. After multiple attempts and vigorous sanding, I cannot get my ...
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Rain Got To Untreated Wood Furniture Project - What to Do?

I've been building a bedframe from unfinished wood on my deck (due to lack of indoor workspace), and tarping it off at night to protect it. Apparently I did a poor job last night though, as the wind ...
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Is there a way to “dull” new solid exterior stain?

I have had to touch up some places on the exterior of my house with solid exterior gloss after installing a new front door and putting on a back deck. But the stain appears so shiney next to the other ...
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What can I do to eliminate the stickiness of my oil-based wood stain?

I recently painted over my doors and frames with Minwax oil-based wood stain. It's been 3 weeks and they are all still very sticky when I touch them. I tried wiping, and wiping with a clean dry rag ...
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Best way to fix excess stain on hard wood floor? Or just poly it?

I stained our hardwood floors one week ago and have let it dry but unfortunately all of it wasn't absorbed. I didn't notice the excess until a few days after I let it dry, and it's quite noticeable: ...
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How should I repair these very damaged floor boards?

I've recently moved in to an apartment where the floor boards are damaged in some areas, presumably because there has been a lot of traffic in these spots. And it has been like this for years it seems,...
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Splotches on carpet

Hi, pictured are splotches on my carpet. I have no idea how they got there -- my best guess is that I spilled water at that location one or multiple times and the dirt stuck to the carpet fibers ...
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Dust after staining and poly advice

Two questions: How should I prepare for applying poly to new stain? I am refinishing a wood veneer table top. I stripped it back to the wood, and I have stained it with Old Masters Wiping Stain, ...
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Refinishing Front (Fiberglass) Door Advice

I'm in the middle of refinishing my fiberglass front door. Definitely not going the way I've planned, but I'm hoping it may still turn out ok. :) What I've done so far: I used Citri-Strip Paint and ...
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Dining Room Table Refinishing

We have restained our table and have put the first coat of Helmsman on it and I have lightly sanded to get ready for the second coat.However, we dipped one of the staining pads into the can and the ...
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How do I remove plastic bag print from outside surface of washing machine?

I bought new sheets for my son, and I put the Target plastic bag, with heavy sheets in it, on top of the washer for the sheets to be washed. This morning I picked up the bag, and I've got red ...
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What happens if I re-apply a stain?

I stained a piece of wood for the first time today. What happens if I re-apply the stain? Does the stain darken, or does nothing happen? If it matters, it is a Sherwood BAC Wiping Chestnut stain. ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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How long can I leave a wood fence after pressure washing, before staining it?

If I were to pressure wash my fence in mid-spring, could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain it ...
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Cleaning and staining a fence with segments of different color and age

I have a fence that I share with my neighbors and I have a couple of questions related to how to properly clean and stain this fence. You can see it in the picture below. There is another segment ...
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How can I clean water stains off my shower stall?

It is all glass (transparent) but has become translucent because of salt stains (slightly hard water). What is the best way to clean without using harsh chemicals? My toddler is allergic to harsh ...
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How to rescue smoothie stains on the wall?

I accidentally spilled quite some smoothie on the wall. It turns out to be very difficult to be cleaned. Now I am thinking about repainting the wall. The only issue is, we have a high ceiling room. It'...
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What product should we use to finish stair treads?

We are preparing to paint or stain interior basement stairs in a rental house. What product would be best for finishing the treads? We need to consider durability, non-slick surface and fast dry/...