To remove those last bits of finish, palm sand with medium sandpaper (150 grit) until you see the bare wood. Then switch to fine sandpaper (200+ grit) until the entire piece is uniform. Wipe down the whole surface with a tack cloth to remove any dust from sanding.
Do NOT start sanding with very fine sandpaper on unfinished wood. Prepare the surface by using medium paper first, and then proceed to finer grades. On most raw woods, start sanding in the direction of the grain using a #120-150 grit paper before staining and work up to #220 grit paper.
Choosing Wood; Workspace & Supplies; Choosing Applicator; Surface Preparation & Sanding; Choosing Stain Color; One-Step vs. Two-Step; Helpful Tips .
Learn about preparing wood for staining and how to stain unfinished wood.
Whether you've just installed a wood floor or added some fresh trim to your windows or doorways, or even built a craft or furniture piece from scratch, you may .
Woods like cherry, pine and birch can become blotchy and unattractive when stained, unless you use a sealer before staining. Wood staining.
We recommend finishing your wood with oil-based stain (see â€œTest the Stainsâ€) and wood varnish. A clean work area is crucial for a smooth, blemish-free finish.