Staining Wood

Gilles Bernier asked 10 years ago

Have you ever heard about getting your wood wet with water before staining?

2 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

Yes, this technique is used to raise the grain. The idea is wet down the wood, allow it to dry (this will raise the grain) then sand down again to a truly smooth surface. This works really well when using water based stains or finishes that could or do raise the grain by themselves. Now when using these stains or finishes you won't have to worry about raising the grain of the wood.

Anonymous answered.

Wetting the wood raises the grain and makes the stain darker.