How to stain wood LIKE A PRO! Pine wood staining tips and tricks

How to stain wood LIKE A PRO! Pine wood staining tips and tricks

Tired of your wood stain coming out all blotchy. This product will help take your woodworking projects to the next level and help you stain wood like a pro. pine wood staining tips and tricks

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  1. a 6 on April 18, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Mineral spirits and paint thinner work the same and are cheaper

  2. barry manktelow on April 18, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    water based is better

  3. FOOTBALLISMYLIFE on April 18, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    The hard part comes before and after when you’re sanding sanding sealer and applying top coat which must have used are just using polyurethane and not using sealer to act as a sending barrier between topcoat and you’re Staind wood

  4. Blessyourheart on April 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Thank You , most definitely going to go buy this product today. You are going to make my custom cabinets look fabulous!!! Thank you again 💜

  5. Crystal Miller on April 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Always pre-stain

  6. Don Jones on April 18, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    No I was always told with stain you always use a natural bristle brush not foam

  7. Unism on April 18, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Yo i def hear a Maryland/Baltimore accent, yeah? Nice!

  8. Cowboy 88 on April 18, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for the demo; already planned on it, but like to see what possibilities…

  9. just jen on April 18, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Not a fun of penetrating stain. On my opinion though the prestain helped…the wood still looked blotchy to me. Id rather use the varathane one hour stain…requires no prestain it says on the can and ive never had any blotchy marks on my wood when I use this. Great video

  10. Dustin Rossi on April 18, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Does it matter if it’s a gloss black stain? I’ve never used that stuff but I might give it a try! I’ve only stained few things here and there w.o the stain stuff. But deff just subbed to your channel, trying to take my wood working a little more seirous

  11. Bertie Boo And Rosie Posie on April 18, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Hi I want to stain a table that I have sanded but was wondering do I stain and then use varnish on top to prevent marks on table?

  12. mharris1330 on April 18, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you

  13. Carlos C. on April 18, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    How long does it take for the stain to completely dry

  14. Adam Gardenhire on April 18, 2022 at 6:22 pm


  15. Tom Hart on April 18, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    PLEEEEASE! Just stop saying "MOIST!" 🙂

  16. Mamadou Ndoye on April 18, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    This was hella nicelike

  17. JAZZ MAN on April 18, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    The pre-stain conditioner seems to prevent most of the stain soaking into the wood. I prefer the darker version without the pre-stain. I also think brushes give a more even coverage than wiping or those horrible foam “brushes”.

  18. ladynottingham89 on April 18, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Do it right, do it once. Don’t complain about extra steps.

  19. GutShot Crypto on April 18, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    You can also dump a bottle of pouring medium in regular woodstain and use that as prestain if you cant get actual prestain.

  20. Dave Maurer on April 18, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Pittsburgh accent?

  21. Anon Ymous on April 18, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Or, for botchy woods like pine and cherry, apply a shellac sealer, let it dry, and use your stain to glaze on top of the shellac. You have far better control over saturation of the color, and you’ll get either almost no blotches or no blotches. Plus, if you don’t like your glaze job, pull out the mineral spirits and wipe it off, and you can easily redo it.

  22. Dan Alaniz on April 18, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Nice comparison demo. I use the pre-stain and although it does greatly reduce the blotching, it really doesn’t eliminate it all. I’m a beginner so all I buy right now is the big box store cheap pine and it is easy to work and cut but really hard to finish.

  23. Christopher Klosowski on April 18, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Love minwax products and decided to try the prestain conditioner

  24. A on April 18, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Moist, not moist lmaoo this guy cracks me up all the time

  25. Shari Goe on April 18, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    They didn’t tell us we would need the conditioner, but I’m going to get it before I stain our countertops. Thank you!

  26. Remembered on April 18, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    That was real nice like. A++

  27. Jordan Daigle on April 18, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Love this stuff

  28. Greer Gordon on April 18, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    It ain’t niiice like. 😂😂 I was not expecting for this video to make me crack up so much.

  29. mpk 666 on April 18, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Honestly… I like the blotchiness better. It’s more heterogeneous.

  30. Dave Parker on April 18, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Well. You can’t stain wood like a pro using minwax. I’m a pro. Minwax is for DIY hacks.

  31. Amy Crutchfield on April 18, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    What if I have already stained without the pre stain? It’s cloudy and too dark even tho I wiped it off! Help!

  32. Ilene Morris on April 18, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Lol I like the oh it’s pretty 😂

  33. Allan Mercer on April 18, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    And be sure you have a supply of rubber gloves (use and toss). Just finished staining this A. M. Cheap wood looks great!

  34. ReefMimic on April 18, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Lol moist

  35. Doug Tilaran on April 18, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Nah. Garbage. One. Pine is for forms and garage furniture. Two. Minwax type is garbage. I use alcohol based tints generally on cenizaro, guanacaste and cedar, oil on others(oily woods)

  36. FOOTBALLISMYLIFE on April 18, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Washcoat pre-stain necessity that’s how you know how long I’ve been doing it I did not mention it at all

  37. ThatGuyFromTexas on April 18, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    That’s actually the exact stain that I need!

  38. Barney Rubble on April 18, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Stop rotating the piece after application, it’s confusing. This is just a marketing video for pre stain. Stain 101: Apply stain WITH THE GRAIN! Sanding solves alot of problems

  39. Waffles Mc Syrupy on April 18, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    So wait if I wanna wood stain my desk would I have to sand off the clear coat? Or would it stain just fine?

  40. Amanda Lord on April 18, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I stained a butcher block with a walnut stain. I applied the conditioner. I would never use it again. It doesn’t let the stain penetrate the wood enough to collect the dark color. I sanded it down and started over and now it’s beautiful without it.

  41. joseph eller on April 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I just started using this product on some basswood picture frames I’ve been making. The problem with color difference was pretty substantial. After using the pre stain the colors were much more consistent. I have always used minwax but I bought a small can of rust oleum dark walnut stain. The rust oleum looks more like walnut on the basswood than the minwax dark walnut. I really like the rust oleum stain.

  42. Minra Vex on April 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Can it seal mdf for painting

  43. Falcon Flooring on April 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Just my two cents. Generally most professionals will not use a wood conditioners since it does not give the results you may think it does on certain species. In terms of staining certain species where the end result is blotchy, water popping is the solution. As a hardwood floor contractor we stain jobs that are anywhere from a couple hundred square feet to a couple thousand feet and more. The last thing we or our clients want would be to have their final product be blotchy. What is water popping some may ask. Whatever your project may be weather a table top or a couple thousand feet of wood flooring your sand job must be done correctly. I’ll speak in terms of a wood floor. Although the process for all projects are the same. Once we are done sanding a wood floor and ready to apply a stain, we water pop the floor first. Literally we are on our hands and knees with a 5 gallon bucket of water and a car wash sponge washing the floor. Not flooding the floor with water. Simply washing the floor. That then sits over night which once it dries also raises and swells the grain of the wood. Then we stain over the water popped floor. We then allow the stain to dry. The following day we begin our polyurethane process. If you touch the project after you water pop it and after you stain it, it will be rough in texture. This is normal since the process has raised and swollen the grain of the wood which is the intent. Some abrade the stain after it’s applied and dried with a maroon pad. Most wait to knock the grain raise down by abrading their first coat of finish. In our case polyurethane. A couple of the more bitchy species to stain would be the tight grain hardwood lumbers such as birch and maple ETC. Staining maple is like shooting a BB gun at a freight train. Stain a maple floor without water popping and uneven, blotchy results is what you will yield. Water pop it, let it dry over night then stain and a nice even color is what you end up with. For those who read this and do it there are two simple keys you must do for success. 1) Wash the project, don’t flood it. 2) The water popping process must dry over night. For those who have a moisture meter it’s best to take a moisture reading before water popping, and after water popping to ensure all the water has evaporated where the moisture content of the lumber is the same after you water popped as it was before you water popped. As a side note just know that water popping will give the color much more depth. In many cases it also will be a shade or so darker.

  44. Thomas NorthCastle on April 18, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    It’s a must to use a pre stain wood conditioner.

  45. revolutionpm on April 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    1:35-I noticed that it was almost like a liquid right off. JK. Never heard of this, will be getting some tomorrow for a Minwax Gunstock 231 table stain project.!

  46. Claudie Fernandez on April 18, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I still had a blotch what to do….

  47. jack christensen on April 18, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    If you sand properly you won’t have to use a wood conditioner. Use acetone only.

  48. Debbie Jones on April 18, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Why didn’t I watch this last night ! I bought a pine plant stand and it sucked up so much stain I can’t believe it. Started with a small half can that wasn’t enough so I went and bought another small can and can u believe that wasn’t enough either lol I have stained lots of stuff but not pine I know it’s not the greatest wood so rand back and bought a large can this time and I’ve used a third of the can but I want to see it in the morning!

  49. Mac Grimm on April 18, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you. This is the best video I found on staining

  50. Samantha Liang Cake Artistry on April 18, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I am remodeling my studio and chose to paint and stain my new work benches myself (for some reason I thought I was smart) thank you for this real nas like video. It was very informative