Beginner's guide to staining wood
In one of the previous posts, we did look at an introduction to wood stains, the different brands available, cost and the basic application procedures. From this post on, we will look at, in detail, how to approach applying wood stains to your wooden substrate. We will delve into the various materials and supplies required, surface preparation techniques, the actual application procedure of stain and the top coat.
|Complete guide to wood staining
For the purpose of demonstration, I will use a spare sheet of One Side Teak. I will use both sides of the sheet to lay bare how stains work and enhance the look of the substrate.
The following are the topics that I will discuss in detail in the forthcoming posts. Each of these steps is important and critical to the effectiveness of the staining process.
|How to stain wood - A beginner's guide|
- Step 1 : Sanding the wooden surface
- Step 2 : Understanding sealers and why they are required
- Step 3 : Applying Sealer as a pre-conditioner
- Step 4 : Applying the wood stain
- Step 5 : Applying a top coat (Varnish)
Materials / Supplies required
- Sand papers (Grit 80, 100, 120, 150, 220)
- Muslin cloth (Ask for Gada Thuni if you are in Chennai) 1 meter
- Thinner 500ml
- Sanding Sealer 500 ml
- Wood stain 100ml
- Rag Cloth
- Wood Polish
The details of the brands, cost etc… , I shall discuss in the individual posts.
|Materials required for staining wood|
Some safety precautions
- Using a mask is mandatory. Sanding can send in dust particles and staining can send strong fumes through your nostrils.
- Cover your eyes to protect from the dust irritating your eyes.
- Use gloves because it is very difficult to remove stain off your fingers.
- Work in an open, well ventilated space
That said, shall come back and take you through each of these individual steps in the coming days / weeks. Meanwhile, do remember to leave a comment and enter your e-mail address below just so you do not miss the rest of the posts in this series.