Use sanding sealer or shellac to prepare wood for staining. Stain your wood project the right way by following the steps in this free woodworking and wood project series from an expert carpenter.
In this clip we're going to talk about conditioning wood and the reason it's important to condition wood, as part of your "How to stain wood" series. Let's take a look. Now when your staining a piece of soft wood such as Pine, as you see here, it's very important to condition the wood before you apply your stain. Now as you can possibly see on this side, I have conditioned the wood and when I say conditioned, what I've done is, I've taken this product, which is really it's, they call it a sanding sealer. This is essentially shellac. You can use just about any kind of shellac. What you want to do is to mix about two parts of shellac with three parts of denatured alcohol. So that's what I've done. Using a combination of denatured alcohol and shellac, I've created this little mix, which we call wood conditioner. So, let's take a look at what wood conditioner does for staining wood.