Learn how to successfully apply a stain to open grained hardwood, followed by a clear topcoat. Add color to species like red and white oak, ash, mahogany and others with classic pigment stains. Check out our easy to follow step-by-step video.
Step by Step Instructions
Sand the project up through the grits until at least 220-grit
It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.
Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches
Apply a good quality Oil Pigment Stain, dry 24 hours (Oil stains are easier to apply)
Use a good quality urethane top coat finish
Flood it on, let it sit and wipe it off
Let towels dry flat and dispose of properly!
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 oiled wood (sand smooth)
Apply at least two more coats urethane top coat finish
Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.