How To Stain Veneer

A veneer is a thin sheet of hardwood cut from logs.A craftsman can finish a woodworking project with a beautiful exotic wood if they use veneer.Since veneer is real wood, it is stained in the same way as a solid piece of wood but there are differences in technique.

Step 1: Pick the stain for the project.

You can choose between oil, water, and gel stains.It is ideal for one wood but not another.An example of this is that some trees have more natural oil in them than others.The less oily woods will not take a water based stain, so this has to be considered when choosing a stain.The basic steps for staining veneer are the same, but setting and waiting times are different for different stains.

Step 2: Look at the veneer to see if it is smooth.

Most mill sawn veneer and backed veneer won’t need sanding.Mill sawn veneer is very thin and will not stand up to heavy sanding.

Step 3: The direction of the wood grain should be followed if you need to sand carefully.

To avoid damaging the veneer, stop and check frequently.

Step 4: The veneer is clean.

Step 5: Before use, stir stain vigorously and work for 30 minutes.

Try to find the correct color on a piece of scrap veneer.

Step 6: If your pine veneer is soft or porous, you should brush on a wood conditioning product.

Allow the conditioner to stand for 15 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean rag.Wait no more than 2 hours before applying gel stain.

Step 7: To apply stain to veneer, use a rag, soft bristle paint brush, or foam brush.

Allow it to set for 3 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean rag, following the grain of the wood.

Step 8: Allow for 8 to 10 hours of dry time.

Apply additional coats if the color is not deep enough.

Step 9: Allow to set up for 24 hours before applying a seal.

Step 10: Following the grain of the wood, apply oil stain with a cloth or soft bristle brush.

Wait 5 to 15 minutes to allow stain to penetrate the veneer, and then wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth, again following the grain of the wood.

Step 11: Once the first coat has set up, apply the second coat.

Step 12: Allow to dry for 8 hours.

Step 13: Allow the pre-stain conditioner to set up for 1 to 5 minutes.

When using a water based stain, conditioner is usually needed.Use a clean cloth to wipe off excess.

Step 14: Water stain can be applied with a cloth, synthetic bristle brush, paint pad or foam brush.

Allow stain to penetrate for no more than 3 minutes before wiping off excess with clean cloth that is slightly damp with the stain, again following the grain of the wood.

Step 15: Once the first coat has set up, apply a second coat.

Step 16: Wait at least 3 hours before applying a coat.