I'm having a little problem trying to figure out if I should stain my window
sills before install or after? Here's the issue... The windows all have a
plastic wood return so that the new wood will slide into the returns. If I
install them first it gives me the chance to nail and fill the holes first,
but I'm afraid that if I try and stain the wood afterwards it will stain the
white plastic returns... What to do?
If I stain and apply some clear first and then install the wood can I just
stain the nail holes or will the stain sink into the varathane? My Dad says
stain and clear first...
I agree with others, get them cut to proper size, test install, then stain
and finish. Install them and nail them down, (you were going to pre-drill
the nail holes weren't you?) Then a light sanding with 400 grit or so, and
a 50% thinned coat of varathane will cover any dings you made installing
them. After that coat dries, and you sand/steel wool it smooth, then get
some putty from the hardware store that matches the wood, and putty the nail
If you fill the holes before you stain, you have NO guarantee that the stain
will look the same when applied to the filler as applied to the wood.
Your Dad's a smart guy (this time).
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