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sweaty 08-09-2012 12:37 PM

After Staining Wood
I just stained my stair railings. They are drying outside.

Dust particles have lodged onto it. What is the best way to clean it without scratching the railing?

ddawg16 08-09-2012 02:28 PM

00 (super fine) steel wool

joecaption 08-09-2012 02:33 PM

If it was stain right there should be so little stian on the surface there's nothing for the dust to stick to and could just be wiped off with a dry lint free cloth.

notmrjohn 09-01-2012 04:48 PM

Could be the dreaded "Finish and stain in one can." I've had dust stick to stain, sands right off with real fine emory cloth or steel wool.
sweaty, when you apply your finish do it indoors and let it dry away from moving air. Outdoors is too dusty and breezy.

user1007 09-01-2012 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 985046)
00 (super fine) steel wool

Yup! :thumbsup: Follow with a soft cloth.

Brushjockey 09-01-2012 10:09 PM

I think I have used steel wool once in my career. Found out little bits get into stuff. And rust if using any waterborne.
Just use the right grit sanding sponge or hand piece for sanding.

As far as dust in the stain- NMJ has it I think. Stain itself should not get stuff in it that cant be wiped off with your hand, unless you're doing it wrong.

notmrjohn 09-02-2012 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by Brushjockey (Post 1001324)
,,, little bits get into stuff. And rust....

Electro-magnetic dusting cloth
But yeah, you're right. I do use it on metal stuff some times, but mostly emory cloth, especially incredibly fine wet on a hard final finish like the body shop boys do. (ever made dark antique oak stain from vinegar and steel wool? Rub vinegar into oak with wool, real deep rich color, can go all way to black using more vingar, and really deep penetration too, still some bits but don't worry about rust. Learned the recipe from my aunty, you may know her, she has shoppes all over, Anti Que?
" NMJ... wrong. " So many times we've those two in the same sentence. Sigh.

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