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How to stain pine wood without stripping it?

I have a room in my house that is all pine (ceiling and all) I believe it was stained years ago, but with a light color. I'm putting a new floor in and I would like to stain the room slightly darker. Do I need to strip it first? or is there a product out, I can use to go over it to make it darker? ( I want it to be easy):) I know nothing is ever easy! Suggestions would be great. Trying to do some home improvements with the least amount of money. Thanks

Asked By: Koval P - 3/7/2009
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Yes, Min-Wax makes a product called "PolyShades" that I use on circumstances like this regulary. The trick to a successful application is to know what to include, and how to apply it as it'll be splotchy and look like hell if you don't... More
Answered By: TradesProfessional, Inc. - 3/7/2009
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If the wood was only stained before and not varnished then you can re stain over top of it.Otherwise you're going to have to strip it.
Answered By: Mike M - 3/7/2009
 
Minwax makes a product that you just rub on... More
Answered By: sweetpea - 3/7/2009
 
Try an area first after cleaning the wood with TSP. If the stain doesn't penetrate you could try a sanding stripper.
Answered By: chicagirl51 - 3/7/2009
 
Minwax Polyshades is a stain/poly in one. You can stain same or darker color, you may need to scuff the finish prior to applying polyshades. You mention room is all pine, is it knotty pine paneling thats installed or maybe cedar? Its rare to have both walls & ceiling done in wood.
Answered By: krn001 - 3/7/2009
 
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