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11-30-2010 10:31 PM

Hey everyone! I think I posted about this shelf about 6 months ago. LOL. Well, I’m finally getting around to staining it. But I need some noobie help.

1.) I’ve applied Zinsser’s Sealcoat cut 50/50 with denatured alcohol. The pic attached is after this application.

2.) What now? The directions on the sealcoat say something like(rub with abrasive pad). So, what the heck is that? Do I lightly sand with 400 grit or something? Also, do I vacuum off the dust before applying stain?

Thats it for now I think!

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 10:50 PM

I’d use 220 grit, vacuum and tack cloth then stain/finish

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 01:11 AM

You should give it a light sanding with 220 or 320 grit. You should attempt to remove any dust with a brush, vacuum, air compressor and/or tack cloth.

Then stain and finish.

However, this is pine and (in my personal opinion) I would consider painting it. I usually don’t like the way pine takes a stain.

Ideally, you would have some scraps of the same material that you also applied (or could apply) the Sealcoat to. Then you can experiment with the stain, finish and/or paint to see how you like it before you make a commitment to the entire bookcase.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 02:04 PM

Thanks for the tips!

Yea I seriously considered painting it, but after I assembled it, I just can’t bring myself to paint it. If it doesn’t stain well, then it will be a lesson learned, but I’m dead set on staining.

Thanks! I’ll keep you updated.

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 02:25 PM

By ‘abrasive pad’, they probably mean synthetic steel wool:

The sealing coat is very light – if you sand through it, it defeats the purpose. So, either a VERY light sanding as others have mentioned, or rub it down with the medium pad. I usually rub it down with a cotton tshirt after that to remove dust…. blowing it off with compressed air blasts all that dust around, which then settles back onto your piece during finishing.

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 02:59 PM

I work a lot with both red and white pine. Most of the time I give it a natural finish. On a recent project, a 6’ long display table, I used two colors of milk paint. Many antique pine items were thus finished.

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 03:21 PM

Thank you! I’ll get this pads instead of using sandpaper.

I’d like to try a natural stain but I’m also trying to match some existing furniture too so I will probably be usinf minwax golden oak.

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#7 posted 12-05-2010 05:42 AM

Ok I might have a problem. I applied the pre-stain coat a few days ago. For some reason I thought I could wait when using the sealcoat. Is this not the case?

Should I sand and reapply the pre stain conditioner, then stain 15 minutes later? Or am I ok even though I waited a few days?

Or can I apply some water or something to ‘rejuvenate’ the sealcoat? I really hope I don’t have to sand and reapply, haha.


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#8 posted 12-05-2010 04:10 PM

Shameless bump. Hoping to stain today if the baby allows it.

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