Now you have a beautifully painted surface. Now, while I didn’t apply stain over it, you can see how the painted surface is perfectly smooth. Instead of repainting the entire piece, you might consider adding stain over the paint. You can even use gel stain as a glaze on finished wood to provide shading and antiquing effects. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. Your email address will not be published. (Also: safety tip: wear a respirator mask. While gel stain does go on thick and sit on the surface of the wood, I found that you can still see and feel the natural wood grain beneath, unlike … The Ryobi corner sander, in particular, gets me every time. This article was co-authored by Patrick Coye. This article was co-authored by Patrick Coye. This article has been viewed 62,531 times. To reduce this some recommend … Take a deep breath and dig in. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/e\/ee\/Stain-over-Paint-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Stain-over-Paint-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/e\/ee\/Stain-over-Paint-Step-1.jpg\/aid10077888-v4-728px-Stain-over-Paint-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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