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How to sand Ipe Deck

What type of sander should I use on an Ipe Deck? After I power pressured, cleaned and brightened it, I am ready to stain but I walked across it barefooted and got 2 fine splinters which makes me think ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

I have noticed that my water will leave a slimy pink film on certain surfaces like a sink drain, bath toys, or dog water bowl. What would cause this and how can I fix it?
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Cleaning and staining decks and fences

I have cleaned my deck and was planning on staining it. My problem is the weather is calling for rain everyday for the next 2 weeks. How long will my deck be ok without stain?
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Wait time for staining pressure treated deck

Have read many answers about how long to wait prior to staining pressure treated pine deck (a few days to a year or more!). My question is: if I screw down the floor boards, how will I stain the ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...
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How soon after pressure washing my deck can I stain it?

I purchased my home a little over a year ago and it has a pressure treated wood deck that has not been stained yet. The deck was built when the home was originally purchased by the previous owners 1 ...
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How should I prepare a 5 year old deck to be stained for the first time

We built a covered deck on our home 5 years ago and never sealed or stained it. I want to do it now, but not sure how I should prep it. Would sanding it with an orbital sander be enough or is there ...
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How to correct blotchy brush marks on stained wood?

I just bought a house with some wood handrails and paneling around the staircase. It looks like it was recently stained but to my eye it looks horrible and uneven. What is the best way to fix this ...
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What kind of wooden fence is this and how do I go about staining it?

This fence was put up about a year ago. Ideally I would like to stain it but I wanted to get everyone's opinion first. First of all I have no idea what kind of wood this is and what I should do about ...
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Ok to use Denatured Alcohol to clean wood before applying oil-based primer?

I'm preparing crown molding for painting. The molding is pre-primed with pine core. I hand-sanded the molding and vacuumed to remove as much dust as possible. The surface still has dust, and I'm not ...
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Why does my dyed wood look so blotchy?

I am using Transtint dye mixed at the correct ratio with denatured alcohol, and applying it to surfaced red oak. This is what it looks like: Its incredibly blotchy, much more than I would expect from ...
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What flooring can be used for a gypcrete subfloor?

My question is about what to do after the malfunctioning washing machine flooded the basement. We tried an acid stain on the 'concrete' floor. It failed. We followed with two coats of epoxy pain. It ...
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staining the lumber

I have some old decking boards which I'm planning to sand and re-use for new deck. It it not pressure-treated wood, and it has never been stained or painted etc. So I would like somehow to prevent ...
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Re-wet Edge of Stain

I'm staining a new shop (using Sikkens Cetol SRD) that's sided in T1-11 with cedar bats. On the first day my partner got a little carried away and stained all of the walls from ground level up to ...
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how to treat regular lumber for outdoor use

What are the solutions to stain lumber for outdoor use, except buying pressure-treated wood? What I want to do is take the old lumber, which is still in good shape, but turned gray because of the ...
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Spot re-staining a shelf post poly?

I have some shelves I'm finishing using Minwax Wood Finish and MinWax Semi-Gloss poly. On one side of one of the shelves, there are some small damage marks. Long story short: Some masking tape got ...
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Refinishing wood: Should I use wood conditioner after light sanding before staining an old desk?

I bought an old desk at a garage sale, and I want to restain it. I've already sanded the whole desk and am ready to clean it up with tack cloth and restain. Should I use wood conditioner on it? ...
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How to resurface a patch of hardwood floor? Reapplying stain and poly

Resurfacing Background So about a year ago, I resurfaced my entire upstairs by myself. In the process of doing so, I water popped the floors, went with an oil based stain, and a water based poly. I ...
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Paint or Stain a repaired deck

I need help deciding to paint or stain my deck. About a year ago, a tree fell on my deck and half of it had to be rebuilt. The deck builder suggested letting the wood weather for a bit before ...
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Do I need to sand my new pressure-treated deck before staining it?

I just got a deck built and pre treated wood was used. Do I need to sand it before I stain it? I live in San Antonio, Texas
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Is the powerwashing the subcontractor did on our deck “good enough?”

Our family is trying to repair our deck. Prior to any sort of staining, of course, it was necessary to clean it of first. Afterall, the entirety of the structure was gray, and now it actually looks ...
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Recommendations for finishing a workbench

So I was successful in building a workbench for my garage. The final part is finishing it. I was thinking of just applying 1-2 coats of Zinnser Bulls-Eye Shellac Clear Traditional Finish and Sealer. ...
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Best application for stained concrete patio - shedding overhanging trees? [duplicate]

Old concrete patio -- shedding maple trees stain the concrete. Powerwashing not remedying. What application would render the best appearance?
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Preparing a deck for staining

I have an old deck that was stained 3 years ago. Some of the stains have come off and the deck does not really look good (living in Canada with too much snow and temperature changes, I don't blame it!...
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What technique could I use to re-color the doors, moulding, and cabinetry in my house?

Our house is nearly 10 years old, and we are starting to feel that the color scheme adopted by the people that built it is starting to feel outdated. As you can see in the pics, the flooring, doors, ...
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Protecting outdoor plywood table

I have a small balcony on which air conditioning units are placed. My wife would like me to build a table over the air units, where she can grow flowers, herbs and veggies. Using what I have ...
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Mantel clock frame finish repair

I have a mantel clock which had mildew damage. I been working on getting mildew off. To restore it to its original color as seen in right part of frame below, would I need to sand and stain it? I know ...
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Tacky Danish oil surface on stained Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I arrived at the decision ...
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Brush for detailed staining

What kind of brush should I use for some detailed staining? I currently have a 1" Purdy wedge but I need smaller than that. Is regular hair brush okay or sponge, flat or angled etc.?
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Fixing streaky pickling (whitewash) stain

I'm making butcher-block style counter tops from reclaimed hardwood flooring (oak, I think). I plan to finish it with Waterlox sealer, but my wife is concerned that the sealer will color the wood too ...
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Staining a Pressure treated deck

I installed a PT Deck in June. Wanted to get protection on it before winter set in, so pressure washed it & let it dry 1 week. I then stained it with a quality semi-transparent oil based stain. ...
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What do you call conventional wood staining that doesn't result in a glazed effect?

I am shopping around for a new kitchen, which I want to have finished in stained wood. What seems to be quite popular these days is "glazing" which seems intended to highlight any texture, relief, ...
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Help getting a consistent stain across different types of wood

I'm working on a project with a few different types of wood and I'm struggling to get a consistent stain across them. They're all pine, but the troublesome piece is plywood. I'm using minwax pre-...
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Are foam brushes suitable for applying wood stain, or is a cloth necessary? Is “rubbing in” required?

Before staining a hardwood floor, I sampled the stain on a scrap to test the color. The floor is oak, but the sample I had was birch. The oil-based red mahagony stain appears far darker than I ...
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Sand deck or do not sand deck

I just power washed my deck because I need to restain. In some places there is no stain and in some places the stain is still on. The power washing did an excellent job removing dirt. I have read ...
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Improve the look and durability of wood siding

How can i improve the look of the above piece of wood near the door step? I am new to wood work so would appreciate the steps to be carried out and materials to be used for the job. Below is another ...
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Finger / Palm Prints on Danish oil stained wood

Question: How do you get rid of hand prints on a pine table from under a treatment of colored danish oil? Background I was varnishing a new unfinished pine table, and decided to use a fine sandpaper ...
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Do I need to finish or top coat oil-based stain so that it doesn't rub off on a bed?

I built a headboard out of 1x4 common boards and stained them with Minwax Wood Finish Honey Oil-Based Interior Stain. Since the finished product will be in close contact to bed sheets, pillows, etc. -...
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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant?

I'm working on staining an old bookshelf, and I've worked on creating my own DIY wood stain and sealant (save money + no VOCs + Feels good). I created my own wood stain already by using steel wool and ...
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Can anyone tell me how the wood finish look on this wall was achieved? My guess was either by staining plywood or using vinyl sticker. I am planning to build a wall panel similar to this and was ...
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Grass feed rust stains on concrete

Applied recently "Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food" to my lawn without knowing that the iron could stain my driveway concrete and ended up with some very ugly rust stains after the rain came down later ...
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Should we sand a fence to restain it with a solid stain?

We have a fence made of pressure treated lumber and stained with a solid stain. If we want to restain it with the same stain just to freshen it, should we sand it? Or power wash it? or both? - the ...
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Should I protect a freshly sanded, untreated deck from the weather?

I just Sanded my Deck. Unfortunately weather forecast has changed and it looks like it's going to rain for a week, so I don't have time to weather-proof it. Should I cover my freshly-sanded deck with ...
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Staining teak rails on a boat with an oil based stain but having uneven absorption

Im sanding and staining the teak rails on a friends sailboat and one side of the boat is darker and the stain is absorbing unevenly. I sanded and stained it in stages, one side first and then the ...
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Wood Staining in a Garage

I am working in the garage with the garage door open as I am working for ventilation. My garage also has gym equipment in it. Am I able to use the garage again soon after or do I have to wait a day or ...
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Do I need to remove peanut butter/oil stain from unfinished wood before staining?

all: We've installed hardwood stairs in our new home. Before we've been able to get them stained and finished, my son left peanut butter hand prints on them. There are now oil stains on some of the ...
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Finished, Beat Up Cherry Coffee Table

My wife and I bought a beautiful 3 x 5 ft cherry coffee table some time ago. I should have paid closer attention and realized that it was not finished with any sort of lacquer or urethane - the wood ...
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How much dry calcium hypochlorite do I need to buy?

I have read that I need to buy dry calcium hypochlorite to lighten wood stain. I have 2 drawer fronts I need to lighten. Each drawer front is 8" X 36". Is a 1lb bag of the dry calcium hypochlorite ...
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How to fix water damage to wooden table

I have a wooden table, which I accidentally spilled water onto yesterday. I thought it would simply dry, but a couple of hours later I noticed that the water had pooled on the wood and the surface ...
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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 ...