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Stained Finish on Open Grained Hardwood Recipes

Stain Finish for Open Grained Hardwood

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

  1. 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.
  2. Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches
  3. Apply a good quality Oil Pigment Stain, dry 24 hours (Oil stains are easier to apply)
  4. 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!
  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 oiled wood (sand smooth)
  6. Apply at least two more coats urethane top coat finish
  7. Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.