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    staining plywood

    I have never stained plywood before. Any tips I should know-sealers, sanding, etc. Oil stain I would assume. How long do I leave it on? Advise please.

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    Read the label. Follow the instructions. Try a test on a piece of scrap first. It's not hard.

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    It depends on what type of plywood that you are staining.

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    I've stained quite a bit of oak plywood (oil based only). IT IS IFFY!!

    I'll hand sand the hell out of it with 150 grit. Then hope for the best.

    I just learned that you can "blend in" the dark spots (somewhat) by rubbing them with lacquer thinner.

    More on the subject.... http://www.worldofwoodforum.com/vb/s...aining-Plywood
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    What type will give me the best results? This is not a big project, but I want decent results since it is for someone else.

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    "What type will give me the best results?"

    What type of what....stain, plywood, sandpaper, lacquer thinner.....?
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    Type of plywood. Does oak stain well without additional preps?

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    Yeah, oak stains "okay". (Keep in mind oak is the only plywood I've stained)

    Test your stain on some scrap just to get a feel for it, but sand/prep the scrap piece just like you will the real stuff.

    It's kinda tough to offer advice without knowing the "whole story."

    Are you trying to match an existing piece?
    Is there solid wood in this project as well?
    Are you staining small pieces (6" x 6") or full sheets?

    I hate to keep answering questions with more questions, but the more information we have the more we can help.
    Dave, from Indiana

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    Best to use a varnish with a stain in it as this has less chance of delaminating the ply wood any good paint shop would have a range of colours finishes etc in this style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinraj View Post
    Best to use a varnish with a stain in it as this has less chance of delaminating the ply wood any good paint shop would have a range of colours finishes etc in this style.
    I would NOT do this. Stain and varnish in one can can be problematic. See this thread:

    http://woodworking.com/forum/showthr...-staining-woes

    I have NEVER (in over thirty years of woodworking) heard of a stain causing de-laminating in plywood! It doesn't even make sense!!

    Stain, then finish. Lots of good stains out there. Minwax is one brand, but there are plenty of other good brands. A good paint store can help.

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