Home Improvement & Repair Tips : How to Choose a Wood Stain

A wood stain can make a finish seem cheap or elaborate depending on the brand of stain. Choose a good wood stain to make it an easy process with tips from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) certified home repairman in this free video on home repair.

Expert: James Drew
Contact: www.jnchomerepair.com
Bio: James Drew is the owner and president of JNC Home Repair in Austin, TX. Drew is also an HVAC certified tech with more than two decades experience in plumbing, masonry, and carpentry.
Filmmaker: Todd Green

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When Leigh Ann and I initially satisfied, my house was 90% workplace and 10% house. Each time I handled a new job, I took control of the dining-room table or the coffee table. Well, she nicely (however firmly) recommended that I develop a different workplace over our two-car garage, which I did. And when it came time to stain and finish the 3 unfinished pine doors, I went looking for a method to conserve myself a long time. If you wish to see what I did, simply click below.

Normally, I utilize the standard two-step approach: use my stain, wiping off the excess liquid prior to it dries, then the next day use a clear finish. Before staining any softwoods I always include a 3rd action to the beginning of the procedure by very first brushing on Minwax ® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to minimize any blotchiness.

By the time I got to my doors, I was running out of steam, so I decided they were best candidates for Minwax wax PolyShades, a mix end up and stain in one can.

Years earlier, on among my first Minwax wax PolyShades jobs, I learned that foam brushes make sloppy applicators, as they apply an uneven coat and leave a trail of bubbles.

Rather, I use a quality natural bristle brush and simply dip half an inch of the bristles into the can.

I then brushed on a thin coat of PolyShades ®. On this sample I try out Antique Walnut, (I ended up choosing Pecan for my pine doors) gently raveling my brush strokes with a long, continuous hand down the final stroke.

And here's another pointer I learned: PolyShades ® will always work best on flat surfaces, merely because spindles, corners, and carvings naturally pull excess liquid out of your brush. My guideline: the more intricate the project, the more apt I am to fall back on the two-step technique.

As you can see, the Pecan Minwax PolyShades added simply the right amount of color and plenty of protective polyurethane surface. 6 years later they are still looking new, and Leigh Ann enjoys to not have to live where I work!


When Leigh Ann and I initially satisfied, my home was 90% office and 10% home. Each time I took on a new project, I took over the dining room table or the coffee table. And when it came time to stain and complete the 3 unfinished pine doors, I went looking for a way to conserve myself some time.
A wood stain can make a finish seem cheap or elaborate depending on the brand of stain. Choose a good wood stain to make it an easy process with tips from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) certified home repairman in this free video on home repair.Expert: James Drew Contact: www.jnchomerepair.comBio: James Drew is the...