How to Stain White Pine Lumber


Staining white pine can be difficult because the wood is very porous, so it readily absorbs the staining liquid, which can lead to dark spots and uneven staining, or a much darker color than originally anticipated. To make staining white pine easier, it helps to thoroughly sand the wood beforehand and add a wood conditioner to block the absorption of some of the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Wood conditioner
  • Paint stirrer
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Sand your lumber thoroughly before you begin staining. The wood should be as smooth as possible on all surfaces; you should be able to run your fingers along the lumber without feeling any bumps or splinters. Start with a rough sandpaper to remove large splinters, and move down to a finer paper as the wood becomes smooth.

  • Run a damp cloth over the surface of your lumber to remove any dust from sanding. Dust and debris will get stuck in the stain, causing a rough texture and bumpy appearance. Allow the wood to dry thoroughly before applying the conditioner.

  • Apply an even coat of clear wood conditioner to the white pine. Wood conditioners can be purchased at your local hardware store, and usually dry rapidly. In addition to evening the stain and controlling its color, the conditioner will accent the wood's natural grain. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying the conditioner, and allow it to dry completely before applying your stain.

  • Mix your stain thoroughly with a paint stirrer before applying the stain to your lumber. Use a clean paintbrush to apply an even coat over the surface of the wood, moving your paintbrush in the same direction as the wood's grain. Try not to overlap your brush strokes, and keep the strokes even and continuous along each surface.

  • Allow your stain to dry thoroughly before applying a second coat. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying and applying multiple coats, until the wood reaches your desired color.

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