Staining How-Tos

These tips and tricks will help guide you through your next staining project with minimal hassle.

  • How to clean your wood

    How to Clean Your Wood

    Surface preparation, especially on older, weathered wood, is critical for a beautiful, long lasting finish. Even new wood needs to be cleaned to remove dirt and contaminants.

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  • The water absorption test

    The Water Absorption Test

    Applying a stain or sealant to improperly prepared wood will result in poor stain penetration and adhesion. Utilize this test to determine if your wood is ready to be stained.

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  • The tape peel test

    The Tape Peel Test

    Determine if your wood is ready to be stained or needs to be stripped first with this simple test.

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  • How to strip a deck

    How to Strip a Deck

    Stripping removes oil and latex deck coatings, solid and semi-transparent stains, varnishes, polyurethanes and water sealers. It also cleans the surface to remove graying and stains.

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  • How to apply a cleaner, toner, or semi-transparent stain

    How to Apply a Clear, Toner or Semi-Transparent Stain

    Add color to the wood while allowing the natural grain and texture to show through by using a semi-transparent stain. Utilize a toner or clear coat to maintain the natural beauty of wood.

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  • How to apply a solid color stain

    How to Apply a Solid Color Stain

    Use a solid color stain on railings or as a deck accent to add rich, opaque color while allowing the texture to shine through.

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  • Outdoor bench how-to

    Outdoor Bench How-To

    This advanced-level project is laid out step-by-step, from assembly, to prepping and staining the wood.

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  • Patio Planter box how-to

    Patio Planter Box How-To

    Learn how to cut, assemble, prep and stain a large planter, the perfect accessory for your backyard or front porch.

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  • Planter box how-to

    Planter Box How-To

    Learn how to cut, assemble, prep and stain a large planter, the perfect accessory for your backyard or front porch.

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  • Child's picinic table

    Child’s Picnic Table How-To

    Our step-by-step guide to building your child their dream picnic table.

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  • Garden Trellis how-to

    Garden Trellis How-To

    A garden trellis is a beautiful way to add a punch of color and a great architectural element to your outdoor space.

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  • Plant caddy how-to

    Plant Caddy How-To

    Plant caddies are useful for moving large potted plants across a deck or patio.

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