How to Stain Pine

Pine is one wood that tends to absorb stains unevenly, but achieving even coloring when staining pine is easy to accomplish with a few simple steps. Here’s what you will need: Wipe on polyurethane Several clean rags Oil-based gel stain in your desired color A few pieces of very-fine (320 or 400 grit) sandpaper Here’s how to do it: 1. Use a rag to...

Pine is one wood that tends to absorb stains unevenly, but achieving even coloring when staining pine is easy to accomplish with a few simple steps.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Wipe on polyurethane
  • Several clean rags
  • Oil-based gel stain in your desired color
  • A few pieces of very-fine (320 or 400 grit) sandpaper

Here’s how to do it:

1. Use a rag to apply a thin, even coat of wipe-on-polyurethane to the surface of the wood and allow to dry.

2. Lightly sand the entire surface of the wood with 320 or 400-grit sandpaper, just enough to break the sheen and smooth out any high spots.

3. Apply a second coat of polyurethane.

4. Once dry, use a small rag to apply an oil-based gel stain. Apply perpendicular to the grain… then switch to a circular motion to fully work it into the surface.

5. Once completely covered, allow the applied stain to rest for 2 to 5 minutes, then use a clean rag to wipe off excess stain, and allow it to dry completely.

For a darker finish, apply subsequent coats until the desired color is achieved; ours took two coats.

To protect the finish, use a brush or rag to apply on one or more finish coats of wipe-on polyurethane.

Source: www.finehomebuilding.com