How Can I Stain Wood Paneling?

How Can I Stain Wood Paneling? - Painters

If you want to change the appearance of your home, possibly to update or modernize it, staining wood paneling is a simple way to do just that. Finishing any wooden fixtures in your house will bring out the natural colors of the wood, giving your home a delightful feeling of rusticness and modernity at once. If you are wondering, “how can I stain wood paneling?” this article will help you learn how to stain your wood paneling.

You Will Need:

–  A bucket

– Some rags

– Wax remover

– De-glossing liquid

– An empty pain can

– Some oil paint

– Paint thinner

– A paint stirrer

– Two paint brushes

How To Stain Wood Paneling

1. If you are staining wood paneling which is already installed, clear the floor below the paneling and lay down paitner’s tarp. If you are staining panels which have yet to be installed, lay each piece of wood paneling on a flat, level surface where it is safe to work, such as on a work bench in your garage.

2. Clean the wood paneling with soap and warm water using wash rag. Begin washing from the top and work downwards to prevent dirt from running onto the cleaner areas.

3. If your wood paneling has been waxed, remove the wax with wax remover. If you do not know if your wood paneling has been wax, play it safe and use the wax remover anyway.

4. If your wood paneling has a gloss coating, use a de-glossing liquid to remove the gloss.

5. Choose the stain that you would like to use on your wood paneling.

6. If your wood paneling is made of a soft wood like cedar or pine, you may want to use a clear conditioner. Soft woods can drain color from your stain, but a clear conditioner can help to prevent this.

7. Paint the clear conditioner onto your wood paneling before you apply the stain using a clean paint brush.

8. Read the package of your clear conditioner to learn how much time to wait before applying your stain, usually you should wait about fifteen minutes.

9. In an empty paint can, mix your stain with one quart of oil paint and 1/2-1/3 quart of paint thinner in order to get the exact color that you would like to stain your wood paneling with. Note that when you stain the wood paneling, it will appear lighter than you mixture will appear in the paint can.

10. Paint your mixture onto your wood paneling using the other clean paint brush.Make sure that you apply the stain evenly, using steady, long strokes with your paint brush.

11. Wipe the wood paneling with a clean rag from top to bottom. The stain will appear lighter than when you applied it after wiping it down. Apply more coats of stain as necessary.

Find A Painting Professional

If you want your wood paneling to be stained professionally, you can contact a professional painter to stain your wood paneling for you. With the help of TalkLocal, you can be on the phone in minutes with up to three, high-quality painting professionals in your area that are available when you are.

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