Pine can be a beautiful wood to work with. Stained with an amber stain and polished to a high lustre, pine can take on a warm, honeyed appearance. Being light coloured and highly porous, it accepts almost any stain well and can be made darker or lighter to match the decor of almost any room. However, due to the structure of the wood cells, pine accepts stain unevenly and must first be treated to seal the pores before applying a stain.
Thoroughly sand the wooden piece you plan to seal. Start with 100 grit sandpaper and progress to 180 to 200 grit.
Mix three parts turpentine to one part boiled linseed oil in a 1-quart bowl. This will form the sealing solution.
Fold an old nylon or pair of pantyhose over upon itself until it forms a small, roughly square pad.
Put on a pair of latex gloves to protect your hands as the chemicals can damage sensitive skin. Dip the nylon pad in the sealing solution and apply liberally to the wood by rubbing it on with long, even strokes.
Allow the sealer to dry thoroughly before applying stain. Do not sand the wood before staining.
Use eye protection when sanding wood or mixing chemicals.