How to Lighten Color Stain In Wood

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How to Lighten Color Stain In Wood
Light pigmented wood stain is available in several tones. (wood texture image by PaulPaladin from

Wood stain consists of a colouring agent dissolved in a solvent such as water or alcohol. This coloured liquid is applied to wooden surfaces to darken the natural tone or alter the colour completely. One of the most common problems with staining wood is the colour coming out darker than desired. Lightening wood stain is a simple process, requiring only a few simple supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clean cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Light-coloured pigmented stain

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  1. 1

    Wash the stained wood with warm water and a clean cloth to remove any dust or debris that might interfere with the staining process. Allow the wood surface to dry.

  2. 2

    Dip a paintbrush in light-coloured pigmented wood stain.

  3. 3

    Coat the wood in a thin, even coat of the pigmented stain and allow the coat to dry for 12 hours.

  4. 4

    Apply a new layer of stain if the wood is not as light as you desire. Continue the staining and drying process until you have achieved the desired colour in the wood stain.

Tips and warnings

  • Alternatively you can sand away the existing stain and simply stain the wood the colour you desire.

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