Learn how to get a rustic wood finish with GF water-based wood stains and dye stains using a unique wet-sanding technique.
For this pallet wood project, pallet board was stabilized on an MDF base using Titebond 3 Wood Glue & ½ Fine Brad Nailer, roughly planed to desired thickness, then glued and nailed to an MDF substrate to provide stability.
- Apply a liberal coat of Black Water Based Wood Stain with a foam brush.
- Work the stain into the grain with a cloth, then wipe off the excess.
- We sand the wet Wood Stain immediately, but you can let it dry for easier sanding. Sand off the stain with 150-grit, then 220-grit sandpaper. Sand lightly over rough areas so you see more of the wood's rustic character, saw cuts, and other markings.
- Wipe down with a tack cloth several times to remove black dust from sanding.
- Apply a liberal coat of the Dye Stain color of your choice.
- Wipe off the excess stain. The dye will take differently in some areas because of the first layer of Wood Stain.
- Let dry and then seal with any GF Topcoat.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Use Wood Stain FIRST. If you use the Dye stain first it will not sand off.
- Work the Wood Stain into the grain.
- The longer you let it dry, the easier it will be to sand off.
- Apply a second coat of Dye Stain for a deeper color.