TIP: Use latex gloves and a rag to apply stain or polyurethane

Applying stain or polyurethane can be a messy job.  After scrubbing my hands for hours, I found that using latex gloves (the same ones doctors or nurses use) and a rag to apply stain or poly makes for a simple, clean getaway every time.  When you are done, simply toss the gloves and rags!

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  1. Vero says:

    I’m a wood worker going on 11 years now and the best way I’ve found to irctodune any stain is to sand off the existing stain. This requires some work,but you can minimize the duration of time you spend by using an electric sander. If you haven’t much experience with sanders go with a random orbital sander. Using a belt sander eats alot of wood in a big hurry and you can easily ruin a piece by creating steps in the surface without having some time spent on a belt sander. Stain, because it is a thin substance absorbs deep into the grain. This is the place you want to be if you intend to apply a lighter stain however. Start sanding with a course grit like 80-40 grit paper and when you reach the depth where stain no longer exists, switch to a finer grit of paper, like 100-150, then move to an even finer grit; 220- 400. Once you do that use an even finer grit on the end grain, this will give you consistent results in color with the surface color. Stain comes in different forms; paste,liquid. If using the liquid stain be sure to use a wood conditioner before applying the stain. This will allow the stain to penetrate more evenly, rather than soaking into the softer grain and lying on the harder grain. After this you can apply a clear coat. I like to apply three to five coats sanding between coats with a super fine grit to achieve a smooth finished surface. If you decide to just paint the surface, sanding it to the desired smoothness is sufficient enough to apply primer following up with a finish coat of paint. I’m also a painter by profession for 12 years now. Again sand with a fine grit between coats; 220 or higher. Hope this helps!!!References :

  2. Al says:

    Vero,
    Great advice when it comes to staining and sanding. That is the one area that I always seem to rush. I am so close to the end of my project that I want to see a finished product. I always have to tell myself to slow down and use the correct sanding a staining methods so that the hard work of my project is carried through every stage. Keep in mind that the finish details of your project will be the one thing that catches everyones eye when they see your work.
    One tip that I would give young wood workers is to sand and stain each piece individually before final assembly. This allows for the best coverage and ultimately the best look for any DIY project. Staining/painting my parts prior to final assembly prevented me from cutting corners at the end of my projects.

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