• Always prepare the wood with a light sanding.
• Stir the can thoroughly.
Stir the can thoroughly to evenly redistribute any color pigments that may have settled to the bottom.
• Test any stain you are considering.
Test any stain you are considering on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that the color of the stain—in conjunction with the natural color of the wood—produces the color you desire.
• Apply a second coat.
If you want a darker, richer tone, apply a second coat according to label directions.
• Leave hinges, handles, knobs or pulls on a piece.
Remove hinges, handles, knobs or pulls before you start staining or finishing. Wood finishing products may change the color of any metal hardware.
• Attempt to obtain a darker color by allowing any unabsorbed stain to dry on top of the wood.
This will later peel off. Stains are formulated to dry in the wood, not on the wood.
• Apply a clear protective finish before the stain has dried completely.
The solvent in the finish will activate the damp stain, allowing your brush or cloth to pull the stain out of the pores of the wood.
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