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Old 10-27-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Wood Stain is a primer also?


I am totally a newbie.

Is a wood stain also a wood primer?

Do I need to prime the wood first and then put the wood stain?

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Wood Stain is a primer also?


A stain is like a dye, it is used to change or enhance to color of the wood. Depending on the type of wood you sometimes need to use a stain controller first to prevent blotching. If you are staining you generally don't use a primer because you are going to use a clear finish after staining.

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Wood Stain is a primer also?


The normal process is to first stain then use a sealer (AKA primer) then the top coats. With softer woods like pine you also need to use a pre-conditioner prior to the stain to avoid uneven staining as someone has just posted. but stain itself is not a sealer or primer and has nothing to do with the need for sealing the wood.
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Wood Stain is a primer also?


Some stains, Minwax in particular, also contain a sealer.
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Wood Stain is a primer also?


Some stains, Minwax in particular, contain a sealer.
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Wood Stain is a primer also?


skipping the proper steps will only yield a poor job. But MinWax stains is at the bottom of the barrel, so maybe some do not care about quality.

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