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Re: Why is the wood staining differently on a couple of boards


Popular is not a good wood to be stained. It is a great wood to be primed and painted. If you want that color, try walnut or chestnut. Even some of the exotic woods would look like what you indicate is ok.
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I'm regretting using poplar for the staining right now. I know some boards have more green color in them than others. Seems like Pine, even though it's a bit softer, stains more evenly. But I'm using this as Trim in a bathroom and I thought that the poplar would be more stable. Even though in the end I'm going to be putting Poly on it.

alder is my choice for something inexpensive. Pine just looks bleh.


Don't know what others are talking about poplar can look great when stained properly. It can look very similar to cherry if you treat it right.
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I'm not familiar with sanding sealer. Where can you get that? And with this mix that you make, how long do you have after you apply it to put the stain on? Minwax gives you between an hour and two hours.

Daly's benite. Ready to go out of the can and wouldn't use anything else. Thinned oil based sanding sealer would give a similar result but less repeatable.



Sand wood to 150, remove dust. Apply Benite with brush or rag all sides if possible as this seals the wood permanently from moisture.


12-24 hours overnight dry. You can leave your wood upwards of 6-12 months then come back scuff sand with fine grit sponge, blow off dust and stain.
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I'm not familiar with sanding sealer. Where can you get that?

Most any stand alone paint store.
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I hate trying to stain wood. I have never been able to stain wood evenly by wiping it on, the letting it partially dry and then wiping it off. There are just to many variables. How much you wipe on, how long it dries and how hard you wipe it off. Then there are variables of the wood itself, what species it is, whether its heart wood or soft wood, whether its flat sawn or quarter sawn. I can never get the amount of stain I want and I can never get it even.

Go by Harbor Freight and purchase a gravity fed HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray gun, about $25.


Spray on a very light coat of stain and let it dry. If you like the amount of stain good. If not, spray another light coat. When you have the amount of stain you like, you can then spray on your finish.


A lot easier and more reliable way of staining.
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That's why Poplar is referred to as paint grade by most woodworkers. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.diychatroom.com/images/smilies/biggrin.png[/IMG]

It tends to be more stable than pine when used for trim. It is similar to Alder. Basswood is lighter than both Alder and Poplar.
I'm regretting using poplar for the staining right now. I know some boards have more green color in them than others. Seems like Pine, even though it's a bit softer, stains more evenly. But I'm using this as Trim in a bathroom and I thought that the poplar would be more stable. Even though in the end I'm going to be putting Poly on it.

Often it is not desirable to stain wood to look perfectly even, it tends to look unnatural instead of highlighting the grain and natural imperfections. Minwax is especially bad due to the pigments used it masks lots of the grain. Dyes are the way to go if you want even color and grain clarity.

Here is some alder finished with Dalys Benite, lenmar alkyd wiping 'ebony' and lenmar precat lacquer. Lenmar stains are finely ground synthetic pigment and dye hybrid stain.

Stain applied by hand and wiped. topcoat lacquer 45min. easy peasy.
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I never leave stain on. I wipe it immediately. I dont use a brush either, except to get into corners. Dip a rag, and wipe it on, and dispose of said rag properly!
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Depending on the job at hand I either brush and wipe or spray and wipe stain. While I'll occasionally use a rag to apply stain it isn't my preferred method.
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Again an easy way to tell how a piece of wood will stain is to put some spirits on it first. That will highlight any issues or surprises with color or physical defects
I'll remember this and when in lowes, home depot or a lumber yard i'll buy a can of spirits first then go to the wood rack and do some checking.
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I'll remember this and when in lowes, home depot or a lumber yard i'll buy a can of spirits first then go to the wood rack and do some checking.

spirits, alcohol, water... will show what let you preview what it will look like with a coat of oil and also highlight defects like dents, cracks etc... I like spirits because it won't raise the grain and will just flash off.
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