How to Stain Hardboard

What You'll Need
Natural hair paintbrush
Soft bristled natural hairbrush
Galvanized nails
Wood stain
Water resistant preservative

Since its introduction in the 1940s, hardboard has become one of the most popular wood choices available on the market. Staining wood is very important irrelevant of its quality because thanks to wood stain you can provide better protection for your wood, create a better aesthetic value and helping to preserve the wood for longer time spans.

Step 1 – Preparation

When you attempt any wood staining process it is important to always keep your wood in a cool and dry place throughout the whole process. Therefore, it would be advisable to turn on your dehumidifier to keep low the humidity levels. Pull out any ferrous nails with the help of a hammer and replace them with galvanized nails. This is a very important step because any ferrous nails will leave stains once you have applied the wood stain.

Step 2 – Water Resistant Preservative

Now you need to prepare the wood itself, so get your sander and sand all surfaces and sides till you get a smooth result. Then you should dust the wood with a rag to remove any dust particles left and apply water repellent preservative with a paint-brush to all surfaces and sides. Keep in mind that water-repellent preservative might take a couple of days to completely dry so keep your dehumidifier on while you allow the wood to dry. Once the preservative has dried you should brush off any dust or debris from all surfaces with the hairbrush.

Step 3 – Applying Wood Stain

In order to have a better application of wood stain you should use a paintbrush and not a roller. So get your paintbrush and apply a thick layer of stain. Then wipe off the layer with a rag before it has saturated starting from where you first applied the stain and moving to where you finished so that the wood stain manages to penetrate the wood well and for the same amount of time. At this point you should let the stain dry overnight.

Step 4 – More Wood Stain

Once your first layer has dried you should at least apply another 1 or 2 layers of stain. The second and third layers of wood stain should be applied in thin layers with a long time span in between for drying time. You should allow the third layer to dry overnight.

Step 5 – Touching Up

Once the third layer has dried up overnight it is important to make sure that you have not missed any crevices. If you have missed crevices use a natural-hair paintbrush to touch them up. Here again you should allow this coating to dry well overnight.

Remember to choose a stain which matches the finishes already present in the room where the hardwood will be placed so that you won’t have any mismatches.