Wood Staining

How to Stain Wood

Leftover Paint

How to Stain Wood

Follow these four simple steps to a successful wood staining project. 


1. Prepare Wood
Prepare to stain bare wood by sanding in the direction of the grain. Begin with #120 grit sandpaper, followed by #150 grit and #180 grit sandpaper. Before staining the wood, remove all sanding dust, dirt, grease or glue with a vacuum or clean rag dampened with mineral spirits.


2. Apply Wood Stain
Apply one coat of Varathane wood stain liberally with a brush or clean, lint-free rag.


3. Let Wood Stain Penetrate
Wait 2-3 minutes, and then remove any excess stain by wiping with a rag in the direction of the wood grain. Longer penetration times will lead to a darker color. Do not let stain dry before wiping away excess.


4. Protect Your Project 
For added protection from scratches and spills, apply Varathane Polyurethane at least one hour after staining.