Pine is one of the most common types of lumber used today. Because it grows so straight and quickly, it makes a cheap and beautiful lumber to use in home construction and woodworking projects. However, pine is a soft and porous wood, which means it should be finished to protect it from damage and decay.
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Paints are a good choice for pine doors for a few reasons. Paint is easily applied with a paint brush and clean up is a breeze. Also, paint is the perfect cover up if the door is marred with stains or dents or the grain is unattractive. And, finally, when a door has been treated with paint, it is easier to paint over top of the old finish instead of first having to strip it down.
Unlike paints, stains soak into the pores of the wood. These treatments come in a wide variety of wood colours and help bring out the character of the wood while treating it. However, since pine is so porous, using a conditioner to help seal some of the pores can be helpful in getting an even stain.
Lacquer and Polyurethane
Lacquer and polyurethane by themselves are clear or amber in colour, although they are sometimes added to stains to give a hard gloss finish. When applied, they seal the door and protect the soft pine. Alone they seal the door and bring out the true character of the pine without any cover up from colours. Both lacquer and polyurethane can be used as a top coat to stains.
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