The key to the perfect finish is in the preparation, so take your time now, follow these simple steps, and you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous new look. Start by ensuring that the surface to be stained is clean, dry and free from dust, dirt and grease. Any nail or screw heads in joinery should be set below the surface and concealed by a suitable wood filler. BARE OR NEW WOOD: Softwood which has not been pre-treated should first be given a coat of a suitable Wood Preserver. PREVIOUSLY PAINTED OR VARNISHED WOOD: Use an appropriate Paint and Varnish Stripper to remove all traces of previous treatment then treat as for bare or new wood. This stain can be applied over timber previously treated with creosote products providing the creosote is well weathered. Avoid the inhalation of dust. Wear a suitable face mask if dry sanding.
Now for the fun bit! For the best results, stir well before use and keep stirring now and again during use. Apply evenly using a brush, working the stain well into the timber along the grain of the wood. Apply 2 coats to bare wood and timber treated with preservative allowing 4 hours between coats and longer in unfavourable conditions. Do not apply at temperatures below 10ºC, in damp conditions or if rain is imminent. Later redecoration simply involves a fresh coat to be applied when required, usually every 2 or 3 years. The final colour achieved depends on the original colour of the wood and the number of coats applied.
Once you have completed painting, make sure you remove as much stain as possible from brushes before cleaning immediately in warm soapy water and then rinse thoroughly