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Applying PolyurethaneSoftwoods such as pine, fir, spruce and other similar species can be tricky to stain, as they simply don't take the stain as evenly as other species. That shouldn't prevent you from using these types of wood for a project, though. You just need to take precautions before applying the stain.

Of course, because the woods tend to be "sappy," it is best to let them cure thoroughly before applying the stain. However, here's an even more important step that you can take that will help you Avoid Blotchy Stains when finishing softwood projects.

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