Lowe's Shop Class shows you how to stain and finish your woodworking projects. Finishing your woodworking project requires just as much care, patience and attention as any other part of the building process. Before you start, there are a few safety tips. - Always work in a well ventilated area. - Work on a clean work surface - Work away from any flames There are three steps for finishing wood: 1. Prepare the surface - Sand the wood in long smooth strokes, with the grain of the wood. Wipe it down with a dry rag. Then wipe the wood down with a rag soaked in mineral spirits to find any spots you may have missed. 2. Apply the stains - If you're using a soft wood like pine or poplar, you should consider applying a pre-stain conditioner first; these woods absorb stain unevenly, so the conditioner will help prevent blotching and will give it a more even tone. If you're using a hardwood, you can begin staining without conditioning. Wear gloves and you can use a foam brush or a paint brush to apply your stain. Once it's on evenly, just wipe it off with a rag. 3. Add the top coat - Once your stain is completely dry, you should apply a top coat. There are many different types of top coats: types that are brushed on, types that are brushed on and wiped off, type that are sprayed on and more. Whatever type you use, the best method for application is to apply one coat, let it dry, sand it lightly, wipe it off, and then apply a second coat. For more woodworking tips and tricks, visit http://www.Lowes.com/ShopClass Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lowes Or head to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/Lowes
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