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Forum topic by brass79 posted 07-23-2014 10:12 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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brass79

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07-23-2014 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine staining stain bed frame finish finishing

Hello all, just joined (although I’ve found great info through this site up til now). I have a question regarding what type of finish to use for pine. Being that it’s so prone to blotching, I was planning to go with something like a minwax pre treatment followed by a water based stain. The project is a slatted platform bed frame. What I’m looking for is something with little to no odor and something with a completely dry finish with no residual oils or anything. Especially for the slats on which the mattress will be in direct contact with. The mattress cover is cotton and wool and my concern is avoiding a finish that will transfer, discolor, stain or ‘bleed’ into the fabric. Something low odor and non flammable would be preferred. It won’t see as much abuse as say a coffee table, but there will be the occasional rotating of a 150lb latex mattress sliding/dragging over the slats so it will see some ‘wear’. Any suggestions? Thank you.


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 10:45 PM

Flat acrylic wall paint topped with gloss waterborne poly.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 12:42 AM

I’ve never seen the mattress support slats finished. They are normally not visible when the bed is full assembled and the mattress is in place…

If you don’t need to change the color or tone of the pine by using a stain I would suggest using shellac.

Good Luck!

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Herb

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 01:34 AM

Thank you both for the input.

Clint, would the acrylic paint completely hide the wood grain? I’m envisioning a painted dresser or something, would prefer the wood grain to show rather than a flat paint. Obviously pine’s not as pretty as more traditional hardwoods, not as full of features but unfortunately home building stores are all that carry hardwood here. No lumber yards anywhere local. A few saw mills if I wanted to have my own trees cut up, but that would entail months of drying and I’m kind of pressed for time on this project so pine it is.

HerbC, the slats themselves wouldn’t need to be stained necessarily. The type of bed is going to be similar to a tatami platform bed and surrounding the slats will be a flat ledge (kind of like a bookshelf cap on top of the side rails) even with the slats working together to create a smooth platform. So even if I don’t stain the slats themselves, there are areas I’d like to stain. Is there a better way to protect or seal the wood slats, maybe a beeswax or something? Wax sounds like it would protect, help the slats stay smoother, but sounds like with heat it could become ‘gummy’ or tacky. Here is a similar slatted bed to what I’m building to give you an idea what I mean about the flat ledge (1×4’s flat around the top framing the slats and level with them).

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 03:43 AM

If you want a stain, go with Behr acrylic transparent or semi-transparent outdoor stain, topped with Varathane waterborne poly. No odor, water cleanup, and durable,

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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