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HOW TO: Use varnishes, wood stains, and dyes

This ‘How to’ describes how to achieve the best possible finish for your wooden surfaces. It shows how to prepare surfaces, how to color them using wood dyes and stains, and how to apply different types of varnish.

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Introduction to wood stains

Wood stains should be used to enhance the natural color of wood, rather than to try and hide or obliterate it. If the latter is your goal then the best bet is to use paint, not stain.

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