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How to Lighten Color Stain In Wood

Updated February 21, 2019

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.

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  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. Dip a paintbrush in light-coloured pigmented wood stain.

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

  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.

  5. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Light-coloured pigmented stain

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Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor's in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn't writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.

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