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  • Experiment with Staining Pine

    This issue has come up a few times so I figured this might be of some use to others.

    The test piece is just a piece of clear Pine (white wood as HD and Lowes like to call it) sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.

    In the first picture on the left side I used the Minwax wood conditioner before staining, the right side is just raw wood no conditioner.

    The second picture shows the raw wood on the left and on the right I dampened the wood with a towel soaked in water. I let the towel sit there for about 15 minutes the same as the conditioner.

    The last picture is all 3 techniques from left to right it is conditioner, raw wood, raw wood dampened by wet towel.

    What do you think?
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    Tim

    In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

    I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.


  • #2
    Looks to me dampen with a wet towel and you get a consistent stain, how about end grain? Did it lift the grain of the wood quite a bit?



    On side note i lost my pics you requested i have asked for him to send them again..sorry bout that.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Mike

      I have not tried it on the end grain yet. The wet towel method does lift the grain a little bit but not as bad as I was expecting. I'll keep experimenting and keep you posted.
      Tim

      In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

      I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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      • #4
        Are you using oil- or water-based stain?

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        • #5
          Anytime I stain Pine or any soft wood I use Min-Wax Wood-condioner and has worked perfect everytime - no spoting or showing different shadeing even of the end grain ..........MB
          Usually busier than a cat in a sandbox !!!!!!!!!!! MB { Dewalt 788 only }

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          • #6
            The stain was oil based from Porter paints PPG Porter Paints - Olympic Premium Wood Stain

            I will try some end grain tests today and see what happens.

            Marshall I heard about using the wet towel a long time ago but never believed it would work but judging by what I am seeing the stain seems to soak in deeper than just the raw wood or the conditioned wood.
            Tim

            In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

            I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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            • #7
              I just did a little working with pine. It was a small piece and I sprayed it with shellac and sanded it with 220 grit. Then i applied an oil stain. It worked will with no blotching.
              John

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              • #8
                another treatment of pine. Yellow pine in this case. Torched it.
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                "No PHD, just a DD 214"

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                • #9
                  Interesting results. Do you sand the wettened pine after staining to get the grain smooth again? Oh- and to you apply the stain while the wood is wet or wait for it to dry first?

                  T
                  Theresa

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                  • #10
                    Theresa

                    The stain is applied while the wood is still wet. I took a sanding block with some 400 grit and it smoothed down with just a few passes.

                    I tested the end grain yesterday and the results are similar. Went to take some pics and the camera was dead. I'll post them later. I also tried something else using Mineral Spirits as the "pre-treatment" and it came out about the same as the Minwax conditioner.
                    Tim

                    In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

                    I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for posting, and the pics, Tim. I'm working on a pine project now, and will try this out.

                      Paul
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                      • #12
                        heck with the wood, where's the rest of the recipe, if it's got whipped cream, it's gotta be good!
                        just kiddin

                        maybe I'm a dinosaur but I've always had good results on board pine by sealing with blo, let dry well, and wiping the Minwax of nearly any color with a rag, wiping with the grain to avoid blotching.
                        their gel stains have given me more headaches than I can count, though

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