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Wiping stain is fast and minimally wasteful.

Here’s a question that comes up often. What is the best way to apply a stain or finish? To begin with, all stains and finishes can be applied with one of three finishing tools: rag, brush (including paint pad, roller, etc.) or spray gun. Each is easy to use. Even a spray gun is no more difficult to use than a router.

There are at least five key differences among these finishing tools: cost, speed, waste, film leveling and the impact of weather, especially on spraying.

Rags cost little or nothing – little if you buy them or substitute paper towels, nothing if you use old, worn clothing. Throwaway brushes cost very little, while better brushes cost around twenty dollars or a little more. Spray guns can cost several hundred dollars or more, and you may have to add in an air source, compressor or turbine, if you don’t already have one.


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