Wood stain protection?

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Old 12-03-12, 07:37 AM
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Wood stain protection?

I have 2 pieces of wood joined together and I would like to stain one piece, while keeping the other stain free. What should I use to mask off one piece to make sure no stain get on the wood? Would blue painters tape be enough or is something more heavy duty required here? Thanks.
 
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Old 12-03-12, 07:44 AM
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I think the stain will creep under masking tape. I would put a clear finish on the unstained piece first and let it cure then do the stain on the other.
 
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OK, thank you. Will regular masking tape hold back the clear finish? Most likely wb polyurethane.
 
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The tape should mask off the poly which is much thicker than stain.
 
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Old 12-03-12, 02:20 PM
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As suggested, you need to apply the clear poly first. The tape will work decent but isn't likely to be foolproof. If you are brushing the poly, try to keep the poly off of the tape. That will help a little. Once the poly is dry, remove the tape. If any poly seeped under the tape, try to scrape it off [in the direction of the grain] and then carefully sand.
 
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