So let's talk about pine real quick. Everything I have used in my house so far is made out of pine. When finishing the wood, however, pine is a real pain. You can read all about why pine is this way on Google, but in a nutshell, pine is a soft wood that absorbs stain differently from grain to grain. Take a look at the picture below as an example.
Look at all those lines and the blotchiness! YUCK! The stain on the far left is Early American, which clearly looks like it has soaked into the pine the best. The other three are English Chestnut, Honey, and Dark Walnut (all Minwax). I'm in the process of testing stains for my stairs (yay!), but when I slapped these on the pine and saw the result... I cringed. Thus, we enter the pre-stain conditioner.
This stuff is great. You just put it on with a rag, brush, or foam pad, let it soak in, and after 10-15 minutes, wipe off the extra. Then, put on the stain. Look at the difference!
Lesson? Use pre-stain conditioner on your pine! It will make all the difference!!!!!!
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.