Staining Parawood

Old 07-30-11, 08:58 AM
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Staining Parawood

I have a bed frame in parawood which doesn't match the rest of our furniture. It is in a golden color and I want it darker. Should I strip the parawood in order to stain it or is there a better way? I am a newbie to working with wood and I am a little concerned because I have heard that parawood is hard to stain. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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You might be able to change the color some with a tinted poly like minwax's polyshades. Tinted polys aren't the easiest to apply - lap marks, drips, runs, etc. will all have more tint and be darker [along with unsightly] It doesn't respond well to over brushing or touch up. IMO it's best to apply a coat of clear [untinted] poly over the tinted poly to protect the tint from wear. When applied correctly tinted poly is an effective way to change the color of stained/finished wood. The only other alternative is to completely strip the wood and restain.

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