Stain a Gazebo: Part 2

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Stain wood for a gazebo, use a flathead screwdriver, proper wiping tips and learn about stirring the right way in this free construction video. View Video Transcript

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Charlie Folkman

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Hi! Welcome back to Expert Village. My name is Charlie Folkman and today we are going to continue building our gazebo. So we are going to go ahead and start and open up our stain and get it nice and stirred up and ready for application. The best way to do that is have a flat head screwdriver and just pop it up. Notice that I am doing this over the drop cloth. If we have any spillage, it goes on the drop cloth and not on your patio. We want to carefully take off the lid and set it aside and you can go ahead and throw on a pair of gloves before you do this in case there is any splash. Now remember when you are stirring it, don't go crazy with it. Don't just start stirring it and definitely do not shake it before you open it because that is going to make bubbles and those bubbles will show up on your wood. Stirring it just a nice and even motion. Stir it one way, kind of scrape the bottom and the sides a little bit and go back the other way. Now to get proper stirring, you are probably going to want to stir it for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then once that is all stirred up, you can take it in and you are ready for your application. Okay so now we are going to start applying our stain. We are going to go ahead and apply it to the floor. Normally you do the floor last but this is the best wood to be able to show you the proper way of doing this. You are going to want to go ahead and get a little dab like this and wipe it on. Then you are going to want to let that penetrate for you know a good 10 or 15 seconds and you are just going to come back to it and wipe over it again. Wipe off with a clean side of the rag that will help smooth it out and remember you always want to try to work to a wet edge because if you don't, it's like putting 2 coats of paint on there. You want it all to be one solid even coat. Wipe on and notice when I am wiping it, I am not going crazy with it and sending it everywhere. There's no need for that because you will just send splatters all over the place. Go ahead and do that entire process to the entire gazebo. Just wipe on, let it sit and wipe off. When it comes to the lattice here, we bought a little bit of darker lattice so that we wouldn't have to stain it. If you happen to buy a lighter lattice, go ahead and do the same process to it. It just takes a little more time.