All raw wood projects require preparation sanding before applying stain or wood conditioners. If you skip this critical step, your finish may be rough and uneven.
Preparation for Raw Wood Projects Prior to the Application of an Oil-based Stain
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- Prep sand with 120-grit sandpaper followed by 150-grit sandpaper.
- Remove the dust with a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.
- Do not over-sand with fine-grit sandpapers; this will close and seal the wood grain, preventing ideal product absorption.
Preparation of An Existing Butcher Block Surface
- Remove any food residue using a pastry scraper or spatula to gently scrape the countertop in areas where you find dried-on food or residue. Avoid gouging the wood by keeping the blade at an angle that just skims the surface.
- Scrub the countertop using a scrub brush, Scotch Brite Pad or sponge and scrub the countertop with hot water and mild dish soap.
- Rinse with hot water: Run a clean dishcloth through hot water and rinse the countertop several times.
- Dry thoroughly with a clean dish towel or paper towel.