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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

I am a painter and I build also and I personally will not warranty the work unless it's after 6 months. Pressure treated (PT) lumber takes months to shrink and re-contract on and off so the paint will ...
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Should the underside of a deck be stained?

This question is somewhat opinion based, but I'm going to answer anyway. If it's just a stain or oil, rather than a more solid surface/coating finish like Varathane, you're probably OK to just stain ...
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How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?

Your best bet is to have Sherwin-Williams do a stain match. The only thing I suggest otherwise is that when they ask you the wood type, you reply to them that you have white pine as that is what the ...
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Why does my water leave this pink film?

What you're most likely looking at is a bacteria called Serratia Marcescens. According to Wikipedia it is commonly found growing in bathrooms (especially on tile grout, shower corners, toilet ...
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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

A little late but at least others will find this. Firstly I must add that I restore decks for a living where the outdoor elements are notorious for harsh UV rays and wide variations in moisture ...
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

Do what a professional would do - don't touch it when wet. Sand the affected areas with fine grit and re-stain, leave until it dries completely, then move, flip over and do the opposite side, etc. ...
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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?

A true wood stain does not build a "film" on the surface. It only changes the color of the porous wood fiber near the surface. You will want a film-forming finish if your goal is to make it easier to ...
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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?

At a minimum, all the horizontal surfaces should be prepared. My method of choice has always been to use a pressure washer and wood cleaner. If it is particularly bad you can take a firm nylon ...
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How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?

Go to your local paint or big box store and get a color chart for the stains they carry. Often they show the stain on both oak and pine. As Veritas pointed out, you have pine. Pick the colors that ...
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Do I need to remove peanut butter/oil stain from unfinished wood before staining?

You say a dark stain, which is good, but the peanut oil has already filled some of the space where the stain can soak in. That's bad. You don't want visibly lighter handprints on your steps. I'd go ...
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Should I protect a freshly sanded, untreated deck from the weather?

Water will raise the grain of your nice, smooth decking, requiring a re-sand. Also, rain will soak into the wood, requiring a significant dry-time delay before sealing. Yes, you should tarp it.
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Those are match grain veneer panels. They are usually made by attaching selected hardwood veneers to plywood using contact glues. Veneers can be purchased from specialty woodworking dealers. The ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Personally, I'd power wash it and apply a thick deck restoring product since you plan to replace in a few years. This is an example of such a product, but I'm not endorsing any product or seller. ...
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How can I color polished stainless steel?

(Note: original question asked about using wood stain on stainless steel.)I doubt a wood stain would adhere to metal of any sort whatsoever, unless the metal was very rough and the stain settled into ...
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Advice needed on staining 10 year old fence

Ok let's talk outdoor staining. You are right that the first thing you need to do is clean off any mold, dirt and green slime. As with decks, a good and cheap solution of TSP, bleach and water is a ...
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Baseboard lumber choices for staining

If you want to color maple, you might investigate dyes rather than stains - leaves much more of the grain visible. If you're going to stain it anyway, poplar (in the lumber trade that almost always ...
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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

I was eating a Wendy's burger on our wooden dining table. When I picked up the wrapper, Wendy's face was staring up at me from the tabletop! I immediately Googled and found this article. I tried a ...
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When is it ok to sand against the grain?

Sanding with or against the grain doesn't matter much until the last sanding stage, if that. Lots of us use random-orbit sanders which sand in all directions at once, and that works Just Fine. The ...
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How should I paint accents over oil-based stain?

After staining give a coat of clear finish, sanding it with a fine sandpaper (400G) to remove any raised grain or any dust that may have settled onto the drying finish. This will give you a good base ...
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Is exterior paint more protective than stain for protecting a shed from rain/elements?

All wood coatings are essentially decorations. The only thing that keeps wood from rotting outside is proper drainage of it and airflow around it. Wood can get wet every time it rains and snows as ...
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Finished, Beat Up Cherry Coffee Table

If the wood is dented rather than cut/gouged, you can steam dents out with a clothes iron (preferably a steam iron, but not required if you keep the washcloth damp), a damp washcloth, and some ...
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Sand deck or do not sand deck

There's rarely a reason not to sand other than the effort and minimal cost involved. It will usually result in a better final result to sand. You get varying advice because every project is ...
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How can I get wood filler to match the adjacent wood when staining a floor?

The short answer is that filler isn't commonly used to repair the surface of a wood floor. It may be used to fill gaps between planks where shrinkage has occurred, or to repair holes drilled for ...
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

(After power washing the deck, can I stain the deck immediately or should I wait some time?) Do "NOT" use a bleach/bleach cleaner on your wood deck if washing with power washer do "NOT" use the ...
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

Pressure wash (use bleach/Jomax -- read the directions first) and rinse. Allow to dry for one week. Don't add moisture the day before! Sweep off any debris and stain. (Usually wait 24-48 hrs after ...
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How long should I wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood?

When you're shopping for PT lumber, look for the lighter, dryer pieces when sifting thru stock, but be sure to pick the pieces that are uniform and straight. This will help you get a jump start on ...
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Should I finish staining my half-stained deck with rain coming?

No! Only apply the coats you know will (hopefully) dry before the rain comes. I put 2 coats on our huge 40x60 deck. My husband was not happy with it and INSISTED a third coat even though I told him ...
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