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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

It depends on what type of hardwood you have. Some species like pine/maple are almost impossible to stain dark without blotching. I have stained oak floors to almost *****. We picked up the darkest stain we could get – sorry I don’t know the name but this was 8-9 years ago. We sanded the floor then went over with a fine sanding. Then we painted the floors with water. Not sure how to quantify the water but it took about one hour for it to visibly look dry. After we applied the ***** coat of stain. Just rubbed it on with a rag and another guy was behind me wiping off any excess. We did this three times total – one day between coats – no one was allowed in house but us. 48 hours after the last coat they threw on the finish/poly. Looked great but the ****** had to go on vacation and trust us at their house (******* was letting us in). My advice to you is put a few pieces of the wood material together – if you don’t have any pick some up at *** box or craigslist. Go through the process – sand, water, stain, stain, stain – and make sure it looks like you want. You won’t get the ******* ***** finish with all woods. You might find that you might want a different tint if you can’t get that. Also I would not do the water if you don’t have a **** wood – it will cause blotchiness. Also putting on gobs of stain will not make your floors darker it will just make it look like a kid did yours floors. You will need to do more coats to get it darker. My guess is after 3 coats you start to get diminishing returns. Some people do 2 coats, some do 3. Maybe on your test you do half 2 coats and half 3 and see if you can tell. Edit: On a side note to staining. If you are doing the floors totally DIY. Do not over sand your floors with the course grit. If you over sand with a course grit, you will get swirls. If you leave those swirls then it will be very important that you get almost *****. Because you will end up with a chocolate floor with very ***** swirls. The swirls will take to the stain faster and the pattern will show. Not trying to scare you here – just go easy on the sanding and do finish sand it.
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

In other words, the particles of stain pigment have fewer places where they can wedge themselves and those places are not regularly spread through the wood. Pine has the same variations in pore wall density, but to make matters worse, coniferous wood fibers contain resin or sap that actively resists stain. Even though stain manufacturers provide sample chips of stained maple or pine, do not be fooled; those sweet little chips are easy to stain precisely because they are little. Over a large, uninterrupted area like a floor, blotching and mottling will be much more apparent. Red oak and white oak floors absorb stain more uniformly, but be aware that there is a difference between the density of earlywood (or springwood) and latewood of these species. As you can see from the photo above right, the more porous springwood stains considerably darker than the dense latewood, giving the boards a distinct zebra-striped look. Once a customer understands the ramifications of staining a floor, the idea of a clear-coat finish starts to look very attractive. However, if you are one of those stalwart types who, despite all the warnings, declares that you are ready for the challenges of stain, there are some things you can do to make the process easier and more successful. Proceed to the page Yes, I Know Staining Is a Headache…I Am Going to Try It Anyway.
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

A stain catastrophe? Our website is like a lightning rod for citizens all around the country with flooring problems. Unfortunately, most people come to us after the catastrophe has happened. Ray from Pittsburgh, who very generously allowed us to use this photo, wrote to ask advice about his staining “disaster” (his word, not ours). His photo illustrates why we have such disdain for stain manufacturers wo make it sound easy to stain wood floors. What we have here is a ***** depiction how important it is that the texture of your be absolutely ******* and consistent before you apply your stain. This floor was sanded correctly, but was aggressively mopped with water against the grain (probably in an attempt to remove all the dust). The scrubbing motion, combined with the water, left irregular lap lines that trapped stain in that same irregular pattern. Normally, water-popping is a good thing (click here for our water-popping philosphy) but it’s better **** with the grain. Or better still, use a pesticide sprayer to mist the water over the floor. More about Pete’s. Store location and hours Pete’s is earth-friendly List of rental equipment Customer photos and testimonials Kadee’s Q & A blog
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

A stain catastrophe? Our website is like a lightning rod for citizens all around the country with flooring problems. Unfortunately, most people come to us after the catastrophe has happened. Ray from Pittsburgh, who very generously allowed us to use this photo, wrote to ask advice about his staining “disaster” (his word, not ours). His photo illustrates why we have such disdain for stain manufacturers wo make it sound easy to stain wood floors. What we have here is a ***** depiction how important it is that the texture of your be absolutely ******* and consistent before you apply your stain. This floor was sanded correctly, but was aggressively mopped with water against the grain (probably in an attempt to remove all the dust). The scrubbing motion, combined with the water, left irregular lap lines that trapped stain in that same irregular pattern. Normally, water-popping is a good thing (click here for our water-popping philosphy) but it’s better **** with the grain. Or better still, use a pesticide sprayer to mist the water over the floor.
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

My advice to you is put a few pieces of the wood material together – if you don’t have any pick some up at *** box or craigslist. Go through the process – sand, water, stain, stain, stain – and make sure it looks like you want. You won’t get the ******* ***** finish with all woods. You might find that you might want a different tint if you can’t get that. Also I would not do the water if you don’t have a **** wood – it will cause blotchiness. Also putting on gobs of stain will not make your floors darker it will just make it look like a kid did yours floors. You will need to do more coats to get it darker. My guess is after 3 coats you start to get diminishing returns. Some people do 2 coats, some do 3. Maybe on your test you do half 2 coats and half 3 and see if you can tell.
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

Our website is like a lightning rod for citizens all around the country with flooring problems. Unfortunately, most people come to us after the catastrophe has happened. Ray from Pittsburgh, who very generously allowed us to use this photo, wrote to ask advice about his staining “disaster” (his word, not ours). His photo illustrates why we have such disdain for stain manufacturers wo make it sound easy to stain wood floors. What we have here is a ***** depiction how important it is that the texture of your be absolutely ******* and consistent before you apply your stain. This floor was sanded correctly, but was aggressively mopped with water against the grain (probably in an attempt to remove all the dust). The scrubbing motion, combined with the water, left irregular lap lines that trapped stain in that same irregular pattern. Normally, water-popping is a good thing (click here for our water-popping philosphy) but it’s better **** with the grain. Or better still, use a pesticide sprayer to mist the water over the floor.
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How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

Bob Flexner in Understanding Wood Finishing puts it this way: “Pigment colors wood by lodging in depressions, such as pores, scratches and gouges. The larger the cavity, the greater the amount of pigment that will lodge there, and the darker and more opaque the cavity becomes.” Unfortunately, inexperienced sanders (the very people who are most likely to want to stain their floors because they assume it is easy to do) tend to leave many such deep cavities, scratches and gouges in the floors they sand. When the stain is rubbed into the wood, the color is absorbed more deeply along the scratch lines than in the surrounding wood. In other words, staining a floor sanded by a beginner is a lot like putting a ***, **** ****** on your floor. To make things worse, the edger (see Sanding Equipment) is particularly prone to leaving cross-grain scratches that, when filled with stain, are still more obvious because they run against the main grain direction of the floor.

How To Stain Hardwood Floors Dark

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