To assure the highest quality results from your staining work, closely follow these guidelines:
- Mix the stain thoroughly before you begin and frequently while you're staining. This helps keep the color consistent throughout the project.
- Before proceeding, apply the stain on a discreet area of wood to test the color.
- Apply stain by brushing or wiping it in the direction of the grain, using smooth, even strokes. Wipe off any excess.
- Avoid unattractive lap marks by applying stain from an unpainted area back into the last wet stain. In other words, don't let a section of stain dry before you blend it in with stain from an adjoining section.
- Let dry completely (usually 24 hours).
- Apply a second coat if you want a darker look. Also, apply a second coat if staining badly weathered or unfinished wood.
In addition to friendly, expert advice, your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store has all the materials you need to achieve professional-looking results.
Make sure the surface and your well-ventilated workroom are dust-free.
Dip the bristles a third of their length into the protective finish. Don't brush across the lip of the can; it will create bubbles in the finish coat.
Tips on dealing with accidental spill and how to clean up when you're done.
For Waterborne Products:
- Wipe any spills before they dry with a paper or cloth towel dampened with water.
- Clean brushes, rollers and other tools with soap and water.
For Oil-based Products:
- Wipe any spills before they dry with a paper or cloth towel dampened with mineral spirits or paint thinner.
- Cleaning tools and brushes of oil-based finishing products requires mineral spirits or paint thinner.
- Pour the cleaning material into a clean bucket and rinse brushes and rollers well.
- When done, allow the solids to settle out of the cleaner, then strain the liquid back into the original container for reuse. Allow the settled solids to air-dry away from children, pets or open flames, then dispose of in accordance with local regulations.
- Rags and other waste soaked with oil finishes may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Place rags, steel wool and waste in a water-filled metal container immediately after use. Tightly seal and then dispose of in accordance with local regulations.
Note: Try to buy only the amount you need so there is little to dispose of when you complete your project. If you do have leftovers, please follow these guidelines:
- Save small amounts of leftover stain and varnish for future touch-ups. Secure the lid.
- Dispose of stains and varnish in accordance with local regulations.
- Seal oil/alkyd stains and sealers in the can and store them safely away from heat sources until you can take them to an appropriate waste-disposal site, such as community paint/stain collection events, where you can safely dispose of leftover products.
- Never pour paint, stain or any other coating down a drain, into a storm sewer or anywhere else that might contaminate the environment.