I have 122 1 x 6 x 12′ tongue and groove boards to put up on a vaulted ceiling. The room is already painted so I wanted to stain, seal and lacquer all the lumber before I rent a scissor lift to put it up. Can I finish the lumber and stack it (I figure it will take me a week or so to stain that much lumber)?
Wait overnight before stacking after the final coat of lacquer is applied. The same can be done when staining. Stain as much as you can lay out, wait overnight then stack it and stain some more.
The concept is the same for applying the wood finish.
Wet Stacking After Staining
I had a similar task for a large stack of cedar siding and found that it absorbed the stain quickly enough and allowed me to stack each board almost as quickly as I could apply the stain—–varnish would not allow immediate stacking like that without leaving unsightly marks.