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Expert's Corner — grain

TIP: Glaze for decorating grain

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TIP: Glaze for decorating grain

Glaze is very effective for decorating or highlighting grain, especially in large-pored woods such as oak, ash and elm (as shown in the two accompanying pictures). The term “glaze” refers to a specific product, which is essentially a thickened stain. In addition to a pigment colorant glaze contains a binder (oil, varnish or water-based finish) to bind the colorant to the wood, and thickeners to prevent the glaze from running on vertical surfaces. On flat, horizontal surfaces you could use a pigment stain instead of a glaze. Glaze, or stain used as a glaze, is always applied over a sealed...

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TIP: Grain Reversal in Stained Pine

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TIP: Grain Reversal in Stained Pine

Pine is often stained to make it resemble a higher quality wood such as walnut, cherry or mahogany. You need to be aware, however, that the staining reverses the grain color, making what was the lighter-colored grain now the darker-colored grain. This happens because the softer, lighter-colored grain absorbs more of the stain than the much harder and denser darker-colored grain. An example of this is shown in the first accompanying picture. The left side has been finished with a clear finish. The right side has been stained and finished. The only way to keep this from happening is to spray the...

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TIP: Correcting Stains from Rain Water Spots

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TIP: Correcting Stains from Rain Water Spots

If you transport unfinished wood or an unfinished wooden object through rain or sprinkling, the water drops will raise the grain, and wood stains will show up darker over these spots. The cause is the rough raised grain retaining more of the stain. The accompanying picture shows an example of what can happen. There are two ways to avoid the spotty staining, both involving sanding (even if the wood has already been sanded). The first is to sand the wood thoroughly to remove the raised grain over the spots. The second is to wipe over all the wood with a...

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