Stains can add warmth to flooring, furniture, or other objects. You don’t need to remove the previous paint before applying the stain.
Gel stains can be applied over previously painted objects without causing damage or chipping. It will retain all the color and vibrancy of an object, but it will also have the warmth of a stained object.
Prepare before staining on painted wood
To remove dirt and grime, use dish soap or mild cleaner. Use a washcloth to wipe the entire object with the solvent. Use wet, fine-grit sandpaper to sand the object.
Spray the object with water and then press the block against it. To remove any bumps or small imperfections, rub the object lightly with the paper.
Clean the object with a damp cloth to remove any sandpaper dust. Use a washcloth to remove any grit or dust left by the sandpaper.
To absorb excess water, use a dry cloth. If the object is still damp, let it air dry before you stain it.
Wear gloves and a respirator. Stains can irritate your skin and respiratory system due to their strong color or smell. Before you apply the stain, make sure to wear gloves that are sturdy and a respirator.
Apply stain coat on painted wood
Gel stain can be used to cover the entire area of paint. Choose a gel stain that is darker than your original paint color. Applying light stains to dark paint will make it less likely that the stain will show up.
Use a foam brush to apply the gel stain. Use a foam brush to paint small areas of the object’s surface with the gel stain. Before you apply the stain, inspect the surface with a foam brush to ensure you are satisfied with the result.
Apply the stain coating to the entire surface. After you have completed the first brush stroke, paint the object in a series of strokes, covering it completely.
After the object dries, apply the gel stain with thin strokes. This will prevent streaks and bumpy surfaces.
Remove any excess gel stain coating. The stain should be evenly distributed after the first coat has been applied.
You can check the gel stain for thick spots and wipe any remaining gel stain with staining pads. Apply thinner coats to the gel stain for a brighter color while preserving the paint’s natural hue.
Differences between staining and painting
Both options offer different benefits and results. Paint provides superior protection to the surface because it acts as a coating.
Paint can also cover surface imperfections in older wood surfaces. Paint can take longer to apply and requires additional processes.
However, stain penetrates the wood grain and can alter the wood’s surface color. This is a great option to show the wood’s natural beauty.
It is important to remember that semi-transparent and transparent stains provide lower surface protection than paints or solid stains.
Why stain over paint?
You may be asking yourself why staining over paint is necessary. There are several reasons. This is the primary reason to alter the surface of the paint.
It is possible to re-paint the surface, but you might do it differently. You might also want to change the style of a room. For example, a bedroom for a child could be transformed into a guest room with more adult tones.
There are many options if you make the right choice. A side table purchased at a flea marketplace can be given an antique look to make it seem expensive. Your creativity and imagination are key to using them in your work.
How to get a faux wood finish on painted wood
To help you choose the right stain shade, take a look at photos of wood grain patterns before you make your decision.
A chip brush can give the surface a wood grain-like streak. The surface can look like wood by applying layers of darker and lighter stains.
Move your brush in the same direction to create the appearance of knots and shears in the wood. However, you should not be moving it in a straight line.
Instead, make long ovals and keep moving at regular intervals. This technique is best practiced before applying stain.
Paint wood with more finishes and coats
Gel stain should be applied 2 to 3 times more. Allow the first coat to dry for at least an hour before applying the second coat. Apply 2-3 coats of the desired color over the top. Wait an hour before you apply the next coat.
Allow the gel stain to cure for 24 hours. Once you have applied multiple coats, lay the object on a flat surface. Allow the object to dry for at least 1-2 days before moving or touching it.
Different stain types have different cure times. For more information, refer to the instructions for each stain.
Apply a clear coat to the gel stain. A foam brush coats the object’s surface with a clear paint finish. After you have coated the object in clear paint, allow it to dry for 30-60 minutes before touching it.
Clear finishes prevent gel stains from fading or flaking over time. Semi-gloss paint finishes give your gel stain a brighter, smoother sheen.
Gel stain: why choose it?
Gel stain is thicker and more flexible than regular oil stain. It can be applied to any surface you like before it dries. Gel stain has the advantage over oil stain in penetrating the wood’s pores.
This is especially useful if you have a good piece of wood and don’t need any wood filler.
Gel stain, however, is a solid stain. This allows you to save money by choosing a lower-grade wood. It will hide imperfections, and its color depth will cover them all.
One thing common between milk paint and traditional stain is that they both have an oil base. Gel stain is thicker than traditional stains and covers more like paint.
Gel stain’s consistency also has the nice effect of a brush being dragged in one direction. The bristles give off the wood grain appearance, revealing some of the warm tones underneath.
When to use gel stain
Although gel stain can be transparent, it is a solid stain that adheres to the wood’s surface. This is an excellent option if you want your stained or painted wooden surface to be darkened.
This tutorial will show you how to apply a dark stain. Gel stain can be used over the stain or paint if you need a quick way to achieve a dark stained look without much effort on stained wood surfaces and painted wood.