I have been consulting floor re-finishers, and they have all said it is hard to get pine floors to stain, because it can absorb uneven or blotchy. Maple’s hardness makes it more difficult to stain than a typical oak floor, and stain makes some sanding problems on this maple floor obvious. I built a dining table and used fir and pine for a dresser (did not use the oxidizing solution), but used a different type of wood for a piece of furniture and the oxidizing solution did not work. I removed all the doors, sanded all the doors and cabinets down to pretty much bare wood. It does tend to be lighter and multiple applications of oil based stains produces little darkening of the wood.
Custom stain colors usually can be created by mixing different colors of the same manufacturer’s stains together, as long as the contractor carefully records the exact ratio so the color can be reproduced. If there is no air movement or fresh air exchange—by opening windows on opposite sides of the room, for example—the solvent in the stain will essentially be trapped.
I know there is grey wood stain, but I was too lazy to go to the store and find it lol. However, before I jump in on my own upcycling project on my orange pine dresser, I wondered about painting the inside of the furniture. A water-based stain coat before painting raises the grain nicely so that when you paint over it and then give it a light sanding, the color of the stain shows through where the grain gets sanded down.
The substrate should be lightly sanded with p240 – p400 wet and dry sandpaper to ensure an even acceptance of the stain. From staining to painting, there are many ways to make pine look gorgeous beyond its unfinished state. It can be tricky to fully remove a stain and it may be neccessary to sand the wood back if the removal process doesn’t fully work. Just be careful to sand off any sealer that gets on the face of the board before you stain. It’s been about 4 hours since I applied the stain in a 65 degree environment…no humidity.
When staining pine furniture, blotches of darker stain can occur in areas of the wood grain that are more open, something you cannot predict before you begin. This can be a pain in the butt when refinishing since the stain tends to absorb deeply. The secret to staining floors is not to use a stain right out of the can, says Leroy Cousins, a 20-year veteran floor refinisher who heightened the natural hue of the oak floors at Martha’s home in Maine by combining stains to get the desired effect.
My aim in sanding pine after planing it is not to smooth the surface, it’s the opposite – to roughen it as finely and evenly as possible so that stain applies evenly. The rest of the table is looking great however, in areas where we placed the wood putty it’s still white. The timber’s natural colour will affect the final finish and different varieties and grades of wood will absorb the stain differently, so it is important that you consider this when selecting your colour. White stain is often called pickling stain as it lets much of the wood color show through.