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Staining my stairs and railings or raw and finished wood

3 years ago

Please help, we are in the middle of renos and ran out of budget for the stairs at this time. we decided to Refinish the stairs ourselves for now and in a few years replace then when we have the money.


we were advised to sand down everything to stain the railings and spindles, but everywhere I’m looking online and in tutorials don’t use any sanding!

im finding it near impossible to get in all the little groves of my spindles, but mostly everywhere else is sanded.

if i use gel stain will it be really noticeable that the hard to sand areas still have a bit of varnish on them vs the sanded wood?

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