It is ironic that the wood many first-time finishers tackle is one of the more challenging woods to finish: a piece of unfinished pine. Pine may be easy to cut and shape, but it needs special care when being sanded, stained, and clear-coated. Below you'll see the problems that can result. To find out how to avoid these problems and achieve a beautiful finish on pine, buy Finishing & Refinishing Furniture,

SANDING PROBLEM:
Cross-Grain Scratches

Because pine is such a soft wood, care must be taken to always sand with the grain and avoid cross-grain scratches.

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SEALING PROBLEM:
Bleeding Pitch

If pine knots are not sealed with shellac, the pitch in them can bleed through a clear coat such as this lacquer.

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STAINING PROBLEM:
Uneven Staining

The right-hand side of this board has a more even tone because it was given a thin coat of shellac. The washcoat controls the amount of stain that the wide bands of spring wood can absorb.

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