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How do I prep the surface before staining?

How do I prep the surface before staining?

How do I prep the surface before staining?

Cleaning will make your stain last longer and stop untimely peeling.

Sanding

Sanding is an important step in creating a smooth surface. Start with a medium-grade sandpaper—or power sander for bigger projects—and work in the direction of the wood grain. Move toward a finer-grade sandpaper. Be sure to vacuum or wipe away the sanding dust with a dry paintbrush or cloth.