Different Ways to Apply Stain
Applying DuraSeal stain can be done a few different ways depending on your desired finished look. The final look of the stain is based on how comfortable the contractor or homeowner is with applying the stain. There are entry, advanced and professional ways to finish your hardwood with Duraseal stain. The investment for each way has its pros and cons. This guide shows a step-by-step process for Different Ways to Apply DuraSeal Stain. If you have questions and would like to speak with a professional click here.
Different Ways to Apply DuraSeal Stain we will talk about:
- Hands & knees with rags
- Buffer with carpet or driver pad
- Roller & T-Bar (DO NOT DO THIS)
Before We Talk How to Apply Stain
Applying stain can be tricky. However, I think that the first step is to talk about the prepping before the staining process. By prepping we mean sanding the hardwood floor. Properly sanding a hardwood floor will make your application of DuraSeal stain look better, appear more even and have less problems.
Good Sandpaper Makes a Difference
We recommend that you use good hardwood floor sandpaper & abrasives Both 3M and Norton offer great sandpaper that will yield awesome results. You can read more about sandpaper here. The reason we recommend a good sandpaper is that you want less scratches in the floor when you go to stain the floor. Scratches make the stain less even and will be visible. ** Remember if scratches are not seen from 5″ up then those are perfectly normal scratches.
How to Sand the Floor
You typically want to end on a 120g sandpaper or something like a Norton Mesh Power. The main key is to use a good sandpaper like the 5″ Red Heat discs from Norton for the edges when using an orbital. You should also use a good paper for the flooring edger (here). The edges are where most people seem to have issues and a good paper can limit these issues to the eye.
How to: Different Ways to Apply DuraSeal Stain From a Contractors Point of View
The idea of staining a floor is to give apply the stain and get a desired result. So, there are a few things to think about when staining a floor for ANY method or process you do to get a good result. First and formost, you want to apply as little stain as possible so that the stain can dry. Stain in thick amounts takes forever to dry if at all. The is why we suggest when staining to trowel fill the floor with a DuraSeal Trowelable Wood Filler.
Applying DuraSeal Quick Coat Stain by Rag
- Make sure to mix the stain for 2-3 minutes
- Pour the stain into a bucket
- Use terry cloths (costco cloths work great)
- Violently wave the towels and snap them to get lint/excess towel off
- You want to dip the towel you will be using for staining fully into the DuraSeal Quick Coat Stain
- Twist/wring the towel with the stain to get excess stain out.
- Apply with the grain of the wood
- Wipe off excess stain with new/unused towels
- Wait overnight for the stain to dry
Applying DuraSeal Quick Coat Stain by Buffer
- Clean buffer outside with a blower
- Mix stain for 2-3 minutes
- Prepare the buffer for operation
- Get your pad driver or carpet ready for stain application
- Pour some stain on driver or carpet piece
- Lay buffer back down on the floor
- Cut in edges with stain
- Begin buffing stain into the wood
- Go with the grain slowly
- Use towels on a 2nd buffer or by hand to wipe off excess stain
Applying DuraSeal Quick Coat Stain by T-Bar/Roller
I only made this so that people know not to do this. Basically applying the stain this way flood the floor and is nearly impossible for the stain to dry. DO NOT DO THIS.
Conclusion to Different Ways to Apply DuraSeal Stain
Overall we think that you should apply Duraseal stain the way you are most comfortable. Just remember to get all the stain off so that the DuraSeal Quick Coat Stain can dry. There really are only two Different Ways to Apply DuraSeal Stain – stick to these for great results