Staining oak trim and doors


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Old 10-10-05, 12:23 PM
champ98
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Staining oak trim and doors

We are finishing the basement in our 4 year old house and will be staining the doors and trim ourselves. Everything is oak. I have asked a few people about the correct process for prepping the wood for staining and I'm getting varied responses. Hence some questionso I really need to sand with a couple different grits to open the wood up,mainly 150grit to start and 240grit final sand? Is it really necessary to use a wood conditioner on oak? How many coats are normal? Do I need to lightly sand between coats? Do I need a sanding sealer? I will be using Varathane oil-based stain and then Varathane water-based clear satin polyurethane as the "clear coat". Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 10-10-05, 01:56 PM
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You shouldn't need a wood conditioner on oak. I normally sand the wood with 180 grit - be sure to sand with the grain [cross sanding may leave scratches that will show once stained] Any marks on the wood can usually be removed with denatured alcohol. IMO one coat of stain works best - so be sure to pick the right color [test on scrap oak] I seldom use waterbased varnish so I don't know if it is neccesary to sand before sealing. You will need to apply 2-3 coats of varnish sanding between coats with 180-220 grit sand paper.
 
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Old 10-10-05, 05:03 PM
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I guess why I was thinking of going water-based varnish was because we decided on a colonial maple color that has a hint of red in it. If I used an oil-based varnish wouldn't it yellow the color slightly and therefore change the original color or do you hardly notice it? Thanks.
 
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Old 10-10-05, 06:24 PM
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Oil base does deepen the color more and they usualy yellow over time. You might stain some scrap oak and apply both finishes to see how you like them.
 
 

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