Minwax® stains are available in two formats: water or oil-based. Use the guidelines below to help decide whether to use an oil-based or water-based stain on your next project:
- Give you a longer working time, enabling you to stain floors, cabinets, paneling and doors without the worry of dried lap marks.
- Do not raise the grain, eliminating the need for additional sanding.
- Are lower in odor than oil-based stains.
- Dry faster, enabling you to stain and finish in one day.
- Require only soap and water for clean-up.
- Come in a wider range of vibrant stain colors.
How to Apply:
• All stains require open pores for adequate absorption into the wood.
Applying stain over a finished surface will not change the color of the wood. Your cloth will simply wipe off the stain blocked from the pores by the existing finish.
• Sand bare wood lightly
To open the pores in preparation for staining. Begin with a medium-grit sandpaper (#120). Work your way to a final sanding with a fine-grit sandpaper (#220). Always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid leaving unsightly scratches.
• Stain can be applied with a bristle brush, a foam brush, or a cloth.
On woods with large, open pores, such as oak, mahogany and ash, increase your pressure to work the stain into the pores. Rubbing or brushing against the direction of the grain will help fill deep pores with stain. Apply a liberal amount of stain, giving the wood an ample amount to absorb.
• Pay attention to how long you leave the stain on the wood before wiping off any unabsorbed liquid.
The longer the stain is left on, the deeper and richer the color will be. For consistent color, use careful timing. Never allow any stain to dry on the wood surface—it will prevent the clear finish from adhering and cause other issues.
• Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain.
Swirl marks left by a stain-saturated cloth will become even more obvious under a coat of clear finish.
• When staining vertical surfaces, such as unfinished paneling or doors, try Minwax® Gel Stain.
Its thicker consistency enables it to cling to vertical surfaces without immediately running, giving you more time to apply an even coat of stain.
• Remember: a stain provides color, but not protection.
Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and the wood—and to make the final results look even more beautiful.
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Info in this post came from Minwax.com