When wood is stained, it can both change the colors of the wood and highlight the grain pattern of interior doors. All stains require that the wood has open pores so it can penetrate into the wood smoothly.
- Sand the bare wood lightly; this opens the pores of the woods, preparing it for stain absorption. Sand the woods in the direction of the grain so as to avoid leaving scratches.
- Apply stains with a brittle brush, foam brush or cloth; some woods have large pores such as oak, mahogany, and ash, so there's a need to increase pressure to work the stain into the pores. Brush against the grain to fill deep pores with stains.
- Remove stains not absorbed by the pores with a dry cloth and make sure you wipe it in the direction of the wood grain
- When staining vertical surfaces, use a mini wax gel stain which has a thicker consistency and enables stains to cling to vertical surfaces without running off immediately.
- Always remember that stain provides color and not protection, so make sure to apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and wood after the stains have dried
- The longer the stain is left on the woods, the deeper and richer the color becomes, so to make your color consistent, use careful timing and do not allow the stain to dry on the wood surface because this prevents the clear finish from adhering and may cause other disturbing issues.