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Dana Newman
Dana Newman
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3/30/2016
Dana Newman
Dana Newman
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I build lots of projects using pine, and I'm not very happy with the results I get when staining. The wood looks muddy and the color isn't consistent. Any suggestions?
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Build Something
Build Something
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3/30/2016
Build Something
Build Something
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Pine is notorious for absorbing stain very unevenly. If you’re using regular liquid stain, you’ll get better results if you apply a pre-stain conditioner first. It partially seals the wood so that it won’t absorb as much stain. Conditioner may lighten the final color of the stain, though, so try a sample piece.

Another solution is to use a gel stain. Because it’s thicker, it doesn’t soak in as deeply, and gives a more even color.
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Adam Schanne
Adam Schanne
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10/23/2016
Adam Schanne
Adam Schanne
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Try to start using more hardwood ply for face pieces. Maybe your projects framing is pine for example but what you see is oak pallet boards or some nice hardwood from a hardwood dealer/sawmill. I do a lot of projects in pine as well and use conditioner like mentioned above. But you can alter plans to use different things and turn someone's plans into a master piece.
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Mike Donovan
Mike Donovan
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10/25/2016
Mike Donovan
Mike Donovan
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Hey Dana,
Here are a couple other suggestions to get a better finish on pine; firstly, the most important things you can is prepare the wood with a proper sanding. There are some good posts on here about that. Secondly, a couple of other finishes to try are a Gel Stain and Aniline Dye. General Finish makes a great Gel Stain with some nice modern colors. Applying it very easy, you just brush it on, let it set a bit and wipe it off with a soft rag.
The other option, an Aniline Dye, is water based and you can apply it with a foam brush. There are a broad range of colors available. It gives a rich color to the wood and really shows the grain on pine.

Hope that helps some.
Have fun.
Mike

I always like to remind people about using solvent based finishes and rags. Always lay your used rags flat in a well ventilated area to dry. Crumpled or wadded up stain rags can spontaneously combust.
When the rags are thoroughly dry you can dispose of them properly.
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Mauricio Britva
Mauricio Britva
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1/8/2018
Mauricio Britva
Mauricio Britva
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Hi,
I have finished few pieces with great results, I always sand 180 and 220 or higher, i then use denatured alcohol to clean, then pre stain product. I apply the stain w/ an old rag and do not let it sit too long, wiping excess. After dry 2 or 3 coats of polyurethane and done, it has worked and looked good for my needs. Thanks Mo
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James Riley
James Riley
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2/16/2020
James Riley
James Riley
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I also built some projects using pine recently. I'll defer to your advice, guys! Thanks.
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Cameron Dellmaine
Cameron Dellmaine
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3/19/2020
The advice from Build Something works like a charm. Thanks a lot to everyone here, good work!
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