By bi9s. staircase. At Monday, October 28th 2019, 10:06:34 AM.
It is important to note that there are different stains that should be used depending on the type of wooden surface you are working with on your project. Hardwood projects are more durable and don’t require as much prep prior to staining. However, softwoods should always be treated with a wood conditioner prior to staining. The conditioner helps the staining process to go on smoothly and avoid any splotches.
If the stairs are open on the side, then the carpet must be bent in two ways: lengthwise over the front of the stair, and widthwise over the side. In these cases, there is the possibility of smiling to occur on the side of the stair.
There are dozens of combinations of different types of stains and shades. Unlike a finish, which is meant to protect the wood, a stain won’t do that. Instead, a stain works by darkening the wood or adding pigments to the natural grain. By rubbing the stain into the wood (a process that takes place BEFORE the finish is applied) the natural grain pattern is able to be emphasized and given a more dramatic appearance by bringing out the natural beauty of the piece. This is why staining is not a necessary part of woodworking, but can be a great way to spruce up an older piece of furniture or add a complete look to a new project.