Darken floorboards with stains

The staining of planks is a frequently used method to darken the color of the planks. Pickling is particularly suitable for hardwood trees and can emphasize not only the coloring effect, but also the grain and texture of the wood surfaces. Important is the apt selection, since once created darkening can not be undone.

Seal or oil the stained planks

If planks are to be colored transparently, painting or varnishing with transparent varnish is rare. To lighten, the planks can be treated with lye and lime additive. For darkening, water stain or solvent-based stain is normally used.

Pickling is available in powder form and is mixed with water. The water-based stain is less aggressive than finished solvent-based liquid products. In both cases, subsequent sealing of the wooden floor is important to prevent evaporation, discharge or discoloration.

To stain planks

  • Liquid Fertigbeize or
  • Powdery stain or
  • Lackbeize
  • If necessary, sealing wax
  • Acid and alkali-resistant protective gloves
  • respiratory protection
  • cotton cloth

1. Preparations

Consider pickling of any kind as a corrosive and harmful substance. Only work with protective gloves, long sleeves, respiratory and ideally eye protection. Used brushes, cloths or cloths belong to the special waste after use and drying.

2. Make a sample

Since the darkening of each wood reacts differently to the applied stain, a test is absolutely recommended. To do this, take a piece of floorboard that has not been laid or a hidden laying place and apply the pickling in a circular motion with a cotton cloth. Repeat the process until the desired darkening has stopped.

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Pick each plank individually and in full length with circular motions according to your test result. Apply a film-like layer and paint "puddles" in the direction of the wood fibers. Paint stains are colorant and sealer in one.

Tips & Tricks

For water-based stains you have the option of individual dilution and the resulting variability in the darkening effect. In this way, you can create color contrast such as alternately lighter and darker planks or settling thresholds and baseboards.

Video Board: How to Stain a Wooden Floor (pro method for DIY)