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Home Depot Pine and Grey Oil Minwax - Staining Difficulties

by LumberDan
posted 08-25-2016 06:29 PM

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 07:03 PM

1) Pine is problematic when staining.
2) In my limited experience, you probably need to seal the the wood with a wood sealer (dewaxed shellac?) and apply the stain on top of that.
3) Charles Neil had a solution that was effective in preventing blotching. Perform a Goggle search.
4) It really depends on why you chose this specific wood and stain combination. You could make life easier (I learned it the hard way) by switching to a different wood species or finishing method. Perhaps use oil as natural finish or maybe paint the pine in the desired color.
Good Luck.

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#2 posted 08-25-2016 07:10 PM

Sand it down to bare wood. Mix a little stain in with the clear coat (you’ve made a toner) then finish it with that. Last coat pure clear coat. Some will recommend another product but I refuse to speak the p word.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#3 posted 08-25-2016 07:11 PM

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 07:14 PM

You may want to try dying the wood.

Pine is very soft and has a lot of pitch in it. You can seal it – I have used shellac – and then stained it. Sealing finishes are thinned out more than the regular finish (I usually thin it 50%).

What I do with pine? I paint it after sealing it. Play with it and see what works for you, the knots will tend to bleed through most finishes.

Be safe and be careful of the finishes, they can be explosive if not handled correctly, especially shellac and laquer

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#5 posted 08-25-2016 07:16 PM

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different potions and lotions to avoid wood blotching. Nothing really worked that well till I bought some of that Charles Neil Anti blotch. That stuff worked, at least it did on the Hard Maple I’m working with right now. I have not tried it on cherry or pine, but I would expect it to work after what I’ve seen so far.

If you use it, you will need a stronger dye mixture to get the shade you want. And, for what it’s worth, I used Transtint and JE Moser dyes in water.

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#6 posted 08-28-2016 01:07 PM

Blotch control. While I have successfully dyed and stained pine, I don’t use it for furniture. It’s too soft and gets beat up easily. No matter how hard the finish, the soft wood under it crushes.

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#7 posted 08-28-2016 02:45 PM

One problem may be that it is HomePot pine. My local pot sells pine that comes from new Zealand. It looks like American pine but the grain has—for lack of the proper word—small indentations in the grain like mahogany or walnut. I stained some baseboard and used pot pine and local lumber yard pine and noticed the difference.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#8 posted 08-28-2016 05:15 PM

Blotch control. While I have successfully dyed and stained pine, I don t use it for furniture. It s too soft and gets beat up easily. No matter how hard the finish, the soft wood under it crushes.
- OSU55

+1 especially for a coffee table that usually gets lots of abuse, I would only consider a hardwood, Id suggest maple if you want a grey stain finish. Yes more expensive lumber, but you’ll have afar greater lifespan.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 08-28-2016 10:43 PM

If I want a” darker then pine” look I just use a “darker than pine” wood. Personally, I stain nothing.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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