Pigments can be used for staining wood, using a wax, clear varnish or protective coating to maintain it. This has been traditionally referred to as Shaker Stain and gives a beautiful subtle color. For a matte protective coating we suggest our Clear Coat as a final finish.
Combine the pigment and water in a saucepan and gently boil it down until you have a thick paste. Wet the wood and rub the stain paste into the wood using a cotton cloth. Rubber gloves must be worn to prevent staining of fingers. Let each coat dry in between, doing successive coats until the wood will not absorb any more. Pine works well with this stain, as it is very absorbent. Since there is no binder, a sealer must be applied to prevent the color from transferring.
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