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Why is my clear wood finish drying orange?

If you read the one-star reviews of the linked product (over 10% of the total ratings), they largely seem to be people complaining that the product is not actually clear. Quoting the company's ...
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How to stain bleached wood to match its original natural colour (and then finish)?

It is going to be very difficult (on a really good day) to color match that and smoothly blend it in along the edges so that nobody knows that there's been a "patch" there. Matching stain is ...
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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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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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Painting cabinets -questions about primer and paint vs stain

What you have there looks like oak plywood. Stain is meant to be applied to bare wood. If the wood is already clear-coated, the stain won't be able to soak into the surface. So you'd have to sand it ...
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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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What stain would match my paneling?

It's faux-oak, but specifically faux-oak with some sort of "pale" (perhaps "blonde" "pickled" or "bleached") faux-finish.
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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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How to stain bleached wood to match its original natural colour (and then finish)?

The woodworking SE would probably give you a better educated guess but my impression is that there was no stain involved. Just a clear oil based finish which has aged. Try feathering out your sanding ...
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how to get use exterior semi transparent on 2 different woods to match each other

The best way to achieve what you want is to experiment with scrap off cuts of both of the types of wood that you used. There is no given recipe for this because different wood samples and stain ...
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Smell after staining - even months after

It happened to me once. My mistake was not waiting long enough (like a day or more) between the primer and final coat. Too late now to fix it, I even used heat gun to accelerate the drying still it ...
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How do I fix mismatched stained, stamped concrete?

If you're after a uniform color for pigmented concrete, then it can't be done. For the stains that you can still use to alter the color, the low spots of the stamped concrete attract extra stain and ...
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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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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

It's book-matched panels. I can't tell from the photo whether it's veneer, plywood, or hardwood. Looks like kinda like european walnut, not pine/plywood... but without a closer look at the edges, I ...
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Should we sand a fence to restain it with a solid stain?

Many fence treatments are intended for use on rough sawn wood as they soak in better. Assuming your fence is made of sawn timber, you shouldn't sand it. Also the pressure treatment doesn't soak in ...
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What technique could I use to re-color the doors, moulding, and cabinetry in my house?

You can go as dark as you want but once you go black, there is no going back. There are a ton of stains on the market that specialize in staining over an existing stain. You would have to test them ...
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Help getting a consistent stain across different types of wood

This will still take some experimentation. Plywood will always take the stain harder than solid wood. If you are using conditioner on the plywood only, that is a good start. You will definitely need ...
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Are foam brushes suitable for applying wood stain, or is a cloth necessary? Is "rubbing in" required?

Most stains don't need to be "rubbed in" but of course that depends from can to can. Read what your can says for how to apply. If it doesn't mention rubbing in then don't do it. Almost all stain (...
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Preparing a deck for staining

For a Job like this I prefer using a sander... like the ones for wood flooring as opposed to the chemicals of stripper. Too much mess with stripper, not only that the stripper will seep between the ...
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Preparing a deck for staining

I use a combination on my deck projects. I always use a stain remover solution to take care of as much of the prep work as possible. A stiff brush will help loosen dirt and grime. Be careful if you ...
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Recommendations for finishing a workbench

I use Water-based polyurethane. Drys fast and you can get one for floors so it will be a little harder. Put at least three coats on. You can get a big can and before you use it, divide it into small ...
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Refinishing wood: Should I use wood conditioner after light sanding before staining an old desk?

I have found that wood conditioner is unnecessary for harder wood species. The primary purpose is to help reduce blotchy spots due to uneven stain penetration, which in my experience is prevalent with ...
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how to treat regular lumber for outdoor use

Copper Naphthenate is the stuff I use it looks like a green stain , now o days the % is much lower than in years past so I will apply several coats if in contact with earth but for rails and things ...
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Re-wet Edge of Stain

Unlike painting you cannot fix this by painting/staining over it seems. The only working solution is to remove stain somewhat uniformly from the overlapping areas using thinner. I'm not sure for how ...
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Why does my dyed wood look so blotchy?

What you have planned to build will take a lot of sanding. If you have a random orbit sander and will be using a lot of solid stock, experiment with your stain samples. Let me say this first, if you ...
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What kind of wooden fence is this and how do I go about staining it?

Blast it clean with a garden hose to remove surface dirt, then use a high quality exterior semi-transparent stain of the color of your choice. Use a good quality brush, a nice wide one, and know that ...
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