There is some insight given in this article about staining wood beams without sanding. For this aspect a gel stain was used because gel stains are different from traditional stains because they do not need to be wiped off and they cover basically the same as a paint. The steps include leaving a wet edge, quicker being better, doing two coats, and the aspect of losing the wood grain.
- Gel stains are really different from traditional stain.
- The stain forms, well, a gel, really fast.
- It just doesn’t have as much contrast as a penetrating stain would.
“Gel stains are really different from your traditional stain- they don’t need to be wiped off and they basically cover like a paint.”
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How to Stain Wood Beams- Without Sanding!