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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 ...
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Ugly dark leaf stains on a concrete patio - any modern 2015-ish way to treat them? [duplicate]

I know about the what-is-the-best-way-to-remove-and-prevent-leaf-stains-on-concrete-pavers question and its answers, and I'm trying to revive it and continue the search for the perfect answer. I'm in ...
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Will wooden fencing “age” inside a dark (but ventilated) garage?

Upstate New Yorker here (in case weather/geography matter). This summer my big project was to put a (spruce) fence around our whole back yard. I got about 75% of the way and have to call it quits for ...
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How do I prepare this cracked deck wood surface for staining? (Picture)

My deck is about 15 years old. I believe the previous owner stained it only once, when it was built. I've pressure washed it, and now am getting it ready for re-staining. However, a lot of planks have ...
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White stuff coming out of my wall when dry

We painted my wall two times already first was a dark blue and some white powdery stuff was spreading after the paint dried, now we painted it again now in purple and it still has the white stuff when ...
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How can I clean grease from a carpet?

Accidentally put a greasy material on my carpet. I tried to give it a dry clean, but no luck. What else could I do to remove that greasy stain?
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What type of product should I use to seal/protect the wood interior of a outdoor office?

I'm in the final stages of building an outdoor office (yay!). Here's what it looks like: The wood is supposedly "nordic spruce" according to the manufacturer. I'm planning to prime/paint the ...
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Should I use a stripper or sander to remove paint on my deck?

I have a deck that's maybe 10 years old and the previous owners used paint instead of stain. I want to remove the paint and I already started with the Behr Premium Stain and Finish Remover, but it's ...
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After staining a deck how long until rain is no longer a concern?

I want to stain my deck with an oil based stain it is to be hot and sunny all day today 85 for a high and has been dry for last 3 days tomorrow's forecast say 70% chance of rain should I do this or ...
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Stain a half stained deck

I now own a deck where the previous owner (for some reason) stained half of it a year or two ago (they did mostly the inside). I'm lucky to have the same product that was previously used. If I stain ...
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Should I stain or paint my blotchy concrete?

The house I just moved into has a lot of white spots all over the concrete. I want to stain the whole slab to get it looking fresh and nice. I had a couple contractors come out to help me resolve the ...
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Staining Plywood

I bought some plywood from Michael's (1/4" x 12" x 24") that I am going to woodburn some designs on to. However, I'd like to put some sort of finish on the plywood so it looks more refined/elegant and ...
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Can I stain without stripping?

I bought a headboard that I'd like to just stain darker without going through the whole stripping/sanding process. Is there a product or method that is best for this?
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Is exterior paint more protective than stain for protecting a shed from rain/elements?

I'm assembling a shed (more like an outdoor office) made out of "Nordic Spruce" and want to make sure that it's protected from the elements (particularly rain and direct sunlight - no snow). Aside ...
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Stain blemished/damaged surface layer in cultured marble shower?

Is there a way to stain what appears to be cultured marble? Two I've used in the recent past at different locations, with suction cup based hooks/holders have had some material removed over time ...
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How to even out the colour on wooden stair treads

I am currently renovating my staircase, and I want the treads of the stairs to be stained wood while the remaining of the staircase will be painted white. I have stripped the old paint of the treads ...
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'Flatten' satin sheen on wood stain

Last night I applied a Natural Oak wood stain to a large oak beam in my kitchen (mainly just to even out the tone and mask a lot of the awful filler previous owners had shoved in there). On the one ...
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How to remove water based wood stain splashed onto painted surface

How do I remove the water based wood stain from my kitchen wall. I got some on my kitchen wall while I was staining my kitchen cabinets? I tried to remove my using soap and water on a sponge. It did ...
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Precaution before getting a whiteboard: carpet stains?

I'm considering getting a nice large whiteboard for my living room. The problem is: I've got a light-coloured carpet in the room and I'm afraid if the whiteboard marker ink leaves stains on the carpet....
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How should I paint accents over oil-based stain?

[I apologize in advance if this sounds more like an art question; looking across SE this site seemed to be the best fit for my question.] I'm refinishing a bass guitar that I stripped down to the ...
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Relative maintenance costs of painted vs. stained cedar siding?

I'm house shopping and I have a pretty good idea about the costs to maintain painted cedar exterior siding, but I've run into a few homes with stained cedar exteriors. How does the cost to maintain ...
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Can I use paint stripper in my basement workshop?

I am looking to refinish a pool table that I purchased. Since it is winter and too cold to do it in my garage, I would like to do it in my basement workshop but I'm worried about the fumes. I have ...
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Stain, poly, cut… What order should I use when installing window trim?

This is my first carpentry project where 'looks matter'… I recently installed a new window in my living room, and it's now time to trim out the interior. The other windows in the house have simple ...
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Building a ledger for indoor use with with some cut to size 2 by 4s, should I stain or paint them?

I'm builduig a ledger for indoor use (to support a work surface) with with some 2 by 4s cut to size, my question is, should I stain or paint them to protect them? for spills etc, or is staining indoor ...
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How can I protect pine from yellowing?

I have read that pine can begin to yellow very quickly. I am wanting to use pine as an office desk top and want to prevent this yellowing from occurring. Would a oil- or water-based sealant be the ...
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When is it ok to sand against the grain?

Everything I've read says that you should always sand with the grain of the wood. What if it's impossible to sand with the grain? For example, I'm installing a brand new stair post - the kind with the ...
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Can thinned water based polyurethane be used for blotch control?

And if so, what to use as a thinner (water?) and in what proportions and how to apply? My specific problem: I have some unfinished pine 1x4s (an aquarium stand) I need to stain for color and cover ...
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How can I avoid blotches when staining pine?

I am refinishing a 1940's pine miracle door and am having issues with splotching of the dark stain on the inner panel. I am using minwax dark walnut for stain. Applying the stain with a stain sponge ...
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How can I repair or hide dings and scratches on polyurethaned trim?

I have lots of trim, ledges, and doors in my house that were covered with a dark stain and then polyurethaned. Looks great until the tiniest ding or scratch, at which point it turns white. Even minor ...
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Why isn't my table built from lumber taking stain well?

The stain is so horribly bad that I'm concluding the wood must be treated with something preventing staining. It's Douglass Fir, so I know it's hard to stain, but it literally looks like a zebra after ...
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Do I NEED to remove the wood trim to sand and re-stain it?

I have 108 year old original wood trim throughout my house. Due to a roof leak last February, three rooms on my first floor need to have most of the (also 108 year old) plaster walls removed and ...
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How do I correct variations in stain color/density?

I have stained a desk top and where the stain crosses over the slightly earlier application there is a dark mark. There's no finish on top of the stain. The wood was prepared properly for the stain ...