Staining wood furniture is a great way to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. But just like with painting, there are some rules and guidelines that should be followed to make sure that your staining project turns out perfect. To get some professional advice on the matter, I turned to Greg, a paint and stain expert with Hirshfield’s in Coon Rapids.
Greg first points out that when starting a staining project it is important to keep in mind that all woods take stain differently. For example, hard, dense woods like maple and hickory don’t absorb stain well so it’s harder to stain them to a darker tone.
If you need to strip old paint or stain off wood before starting your staining project, equipping yourself with the right equipment is essential. First, you need to pick the right stripper. Your local Twin Cities or greater Minnesota area Hirshfield’s paint and stain professional can help you find the right stripper for your job. Chemical resistant gloves, good scrapers and protective eye wear will also help you get the job done quickly and safely. And always remember to use the stripping product in a well-ventilated area.
Once you are done stripping, you are ready to start staining! Your local Twin Cities or greater Minnesota area Hirshfield’s paint and stain professional can also help you pick out the right stain for your project. We already learned that different types of wood take stain differently, but you should also note how much your wood has been sanded down. Wood that has been sanded very smooth has a harder time absorbing stain. Bring all the information you can about the particular piece of wood you will be staining into Hirshfield’s and their staining professionals will help you pick the right stain for your job!
Your local Twin Cities or greater Minnesota area Hirshfield’s store carries a wide variety of products for all staining jobs, from big to small and residential to commercial. Stop in to your local Hirshfield’s and let them help you with your project!
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