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project- staining pine dresser

Posted by boysmom (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 14, 07 at 14:58

i was given a dresser that appears to be varnished pine plywood. i stripped off (or so i thought)all the varnish & after choosing a stain, applied it to a drawer front. there was still varnish there- although i couldn't see it. the stain didn't absorb in one spot, was blotchy in others & the sides look like crap w/the multiple layers. i'm afraid if i sand much more, i'll take off too much of the top layer.
on hgtv, i saw them do a paint then gel stain over on a tabletop & it looked good. of course they make everything look easy, but i wonder if anyone's ever tried that?
or maybe i'll just paint it. how do i prime this thing for painting so the paint won't peel off?

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RE: project- staining pine dresser

To paint, sand lightly, prime with Bullseye 123 primer(Zinsser makes it) and paint with whatever paint you choose.

To stain it, you will need to strip the finish with a chemical stripper(the non-toxic orange stuff is fine). Then clean the stripper residue, and sand with 150 grit paper. Then apply a preconditioner----that limits the blotching pine is famous for . You can but a premade conditioner or make one with shellac----one pound of flakes dissolved in one gallon of denatured alcohol.

Then apply stain. I have not used gel stain, since it is basically a thin paint and sits on the surface moreso than oil based stains.

RE: project- staining pine dresser

I have done a number of jobs with a colored paint, followed by a glaze (what the gel stain is acting as). Since I spray, I normally use tinted lacquer, an oil-based glaze, and seal with a lacquer clear coat.

I do not like latex paint for furniture -- I think it is too soft and prone to blocking. If you are brushing, oil-based enamel is a good choice.

Don't beat yourself up too much; pine is notoriously difficult to stain even in the best of circumstances.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glazing

RE: project- staining pine dresser

thanks! we've decided to paint the thing.
i'll be looking a little closer next time i
volunteer to do something like this!

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