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I need to stain one panel because, for some reason, it is much lighter then the rest. There are basically three types of chemicals most commonly used to bleach wood, Oxalic acid, Sodium hypochlorite and a two part A/B wood bleach. I used Java Gel just after D alcohol & very light rub down with light sandpaper ( fine) that’s it I UTubed how to use it to its best, as a tip I took the sopping rags & wiped back of cabinets with that rather than use more product on them worked great!

The steps are sanding the wood smooth, deciding on the color and applying it, and deciding on the finish and applying it. This is probably the least fun step, but you must protect your floors, counters, walls, tiles, or any area that may get stain on it. And trust me, this stuff is oil based, so it stains easily and quickly. Stains are used on real wood where you want to accent the woods color not change it. You can put as much java stain on birch and it will never produce the even dark color you want or that a gel stain will produce.

He used this product: -products/specialty-finishes/minwax-paste-finishing-wax (which our local Home Depot paint guy called bowling alley wax” because it reminds him of what they put on bowling alley floors). I don’t think I have ever painted any piece of furniture that hasn’t started to wear thin in highly used areas-even with a couple coats of varnish or wax.

When too much stained is applied a film can form, much like paint, that will no longer allow the wood to breathe. Use a product that combines a lacquer base with a sealer in an easily applied topcoat which can be sprayed or brushed. When staining the deck rails, take care not to splatter stain on the deck surface below; it will most likely leave unsightly darker spots when you are done. They were about $4.00, I think, from Home Depot, and the set had the thick steel that I really needed to get down into the grooves of the palm wood. Apply shellac to main body of the floor using a lambs’ wool applicator following the grain of the wood.

Applying the gel stain is a simpler process than traditional stains that require sanding between coats. The number of boards you stain should not make you have to stretch your arm out, and maybe even less on the first few boards, as the first run will be slower because you are having to brush against the back wall. Gel stains are thick and very effective at reducing blotching (uneven coloring due to inconsistent densities in the wood).

It’s a fallacy that lemon oil or other polishes feed the wood by returning oil to it. Most wood does not contain oil and never needs to be fed. This is a product that gives you the look of hand painted French furniture with a velvety, matte finish. Allow solvent and water-based stain to remain on the wood no longer than five minutes. This apparently happened after they were painted, so where they have shrunk away from the wood groove in which they fit the bare wood is exposed – making it look as though the paint has pulled away from the edges of each panel.

Depending on the color and application techniques used, stained concrete can be made to mimic everything from polished marble to tanned leather to natural stone or even stained wood. If you’re looking to stain cabinets the traditional way, check out this tutorial for staining wood cabinets If not, keep on reading through the how-to to see the gel stain in action!


Stains are also designed to soak into the wood rather than merely coat it, so they leave very little on the surface. Specialists and makers of the product have advised me to apply the first coat thick — so thick that you could theoretically finger paint in it. Do not wipe it clean like you would a normal stain, but also do not leave it so heavy that it is inclined to drip. Take heart, the beauty of the wood will come alive as you add subsequent layers of color and top coats. Wood fillers shrink a bit when they dry, so make sure you use plenty and mound it up a little on top.

I’d like to add that after hours of Pinterest browsing, all I could find were pins for painting furniture and instead reverted to Google. I use the chip brush to spread it around, and for the final time scrape the last layers of varnish and paint with the putty knife. White stains, pastel stains and very dark stains all contain more pigments, which means that they usually require longer dry times than more common stain colors. You have to use a penetrating wax if you want to apply an extra protectant to it. This family uses this table everyday. JULY 2015 UPDATE: Three years later I can safely and accurately say the stain and finish still look as good as it did back in 2012.

For hand-sanding, use a sanding sponge for flat areas (Photo 1), a sanding pad for curves (Photo 2) and a folded piece of sandpaper for tight crevices (Photo 3). Always sand in the direction of the grain and sand every square inch whether you think it needs it or not. Peelings of finish that have stain on the underside are a sure giveaway that the stain was too wet when the floor was finished. With a scrub brush, cleaning the surface of the deck will be as fast as mopping your floor! It’s scary, I know, if you’ve never done it before, but the possibilities of beautiful furniture are endless!

By flooding the stain on, instead of applying it sparsely, you give the wood a chance to absorb what it can, and it will reward you by coloring quite evenly for the most part. If you apply more stain, the stain is more likely build up on the surface of the wood and form a film. And here’s a look at the last three samples that all used the Annie Sloan Dark Wax in comparison to my control sample #1 with just the stain. Most versatile for throwaway gloves are Nitrile, available at most paint stores.

This enables you to perfectly match the color without depending on the stain to color the filler. Those handles were sprayed with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and then I used a bit of the cream paint to dry brush” over edges of them. Tip: Keep extra wiping cloths nearby as you work, replacing them as needed until you remove all excess gel stain. When moving on to the next section, choose a section where the stain is dry at the adjacent areas.

The material is cheap, soaks up stain well and the rounded edge minimises brush marks whilst keeping my hands clean holding the clip. If you don’t wipe off the excess stain, it will dry streaky and most likely have drip marks along the side, looking like it was painted rather than stained. Typically, these are exterior wood stains, used on cedar, pine, or redwood siding and decks. You need to match the look of the stained wood using stains that are in the family of colors that you want. Once the furniture kit has been stained and you are satisfied with the result, a final finish must be applied over the stain.

It is often difficult to see the logic in buying an expensive exotic species with an extraordinary color and trying to stain it to be a different color. The disadvantages are that once you flood the end grain, you have to get the piece stained and wiped before the solvent is totally absorbed or evaporates, so you have to work quickly. I respect your expertise in this area, however I did much research before I stained and then sealed my counters.

This variation of tone is normal in stained wood and is what gives it dimension and beauty so make sure to recreate this effect by leaving some areas of your piece with just the lightest paint color. Make certain the will dry to a flat or dull finish, and that it is for use on wood shingles. Part of the problem might have been wood tannins, but I was advised to use Shellac as a first coast as it will work as a stain blocker. The stain itself contains top coat material and can be used as a one can finish.

To darken the wood without altering it drastically, choose a darker version of the existing color; for example, add depth to light walnut with polyurethane tinted with dark walnut. This step doesn’t have many pictures because I had to use one hand to stain and another to make sure I wasn’t getting gel stain all over the place…but bear with me. Be sure to sand by hand, using a sanding block (a 3” x 4” x 3/4” block of scrap wood with the sand paper wrapped around it) afterwards. If the old surface was stained and/or varnished, you can refinish the cabinets just as fine furniture is refinished.