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Stain Finish for Highly Figured Hardwoods Recipe


Stain Finish for Highly Figured Hardwoods


Adding color to highly figured hardwood can be tricky. Without proper technique the results can be disappointing. Follow our step-by-step instructions and product recommendations for superior results.

Step by Step Instructions


  1. Sand the project up through the grits to 320-grit
    • It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.
  2. Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches. Sand the glue away if found.
  3. Apply a coat of aniline dye mixed with water to the surface. Flood it on with a staining sponge, and wipe it off with shop towels.
  4. Apply a sealer coat (Zinsser Sealcoat) of a shellac-based finish by wiping: flooding the surface with finish and wiping it off.
  5. If you have any nail holes, cracks or defects in the wood, fill them now with a wood filler putty that matches the color of the stained wood (sand smooth)
  6. Apply at least two coats of a wipe-on polyurethane.
  7. Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.