I am in the process of staining a pine baseboard to match what is there. It
is a rather dark color . This may take the rest of my life.
Is there some trick to get the stain the build up quicker? I did pre-treat
the wood .
Thanks in advance
One could simply say use a darker stain.
Another trick is to not sand to too high of a grit. Sanded to 150 will
stain much darker than sanded to 320. You can always add a top coat and
sand that flat later.
Finally, Pine will usually yellow somewhat over time from exposure to
sun, this can make thing slook significantly darker. A day or two in
the sun will speed that along. However, some pine whites out too so you
have to be careful with the sun and test it first.
Pine is notorious for absorbing stain quickly and absorbing it
If you want a dark and even stain, I would allow the current
concoction to dry thoroughly and then seal it with a couple of coats
of three pound cut blonde shellac.
My guess is that you have been using either a pigment stain or a
combination pigment and dye stain, such as Minwax.
Once the current job is sealed with the shellac, I would apply a dye
stain. If you have the ability to spray, it will go on more quickly
and more evenly but the same finish can be achieved with a careful
Dye stains allow you much more control over the color and degree of
Check out Jeff Jewitt's website.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
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