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  1. Wood Finishing
    I have hard maple cabinets, replacing with new doors and staining, trying to get a dark, deep cherry/mahagony look. I have had a heck of a time getting even staining on hard maple. Per the company I had manufacture the doors, they said the use a pre-conditioner, followed by gel stain. The...
  2. Wood Finishing
    We're prepping to stain mountains of hemlock for trim. Because our house is built to passive standard (read: air tight) we intended to use water-based stain. After applying the pre-stain conditioner strictly according to the directions on the can and Minwax website, we applied the stain — again...
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