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How to Stain Bamboo

Posted on: October 24th, 2013

Popular Question: Can you Stain Bamboo?

Bamboo is an attractive and sturdy product that can be used for a variety of construction or decorative applications. Bamboo a popular building material because it can be easily stained or painted to match any decor. Even though bamboo can be painted, it’s so much more beautiful when it is stained. Regardless of which method you use, we can all agree that bamboo is ideal as a construction material for many architects and building contractors. 

Bamboo’s natural color is gorgeous, and many decorators and contractors choose to keep it as it is straight from nature. However, with so many bamboo stain colors, using natural bamboo becomes even more versatile. Wtih a little bamboo staining, it’s possible to amplify bamboo’s natural beauty.

How To Stain Bamboo

Step One

Natural bamboo has a protective, waxy layer that prevents paint or stain from absorbing evenly. Fine-grained sandpaper is required to lightly sand and removes the waxy layer. Therefore, sand the bamboo until there is no more shine on the surface. Remember, the stain or paint won’t hold if the protective layer is still there, and your bamboo will look mottled. So sanding your bamboo is very important before staining.

Step Two

Once the bamboo’s surface is completely wax-free, use a brush to thinly apply three layers of stain or paint. A favorite of staining bamboo is to rub the stain in with a dry cloth. Allow adequate time for the stain or paint to dry between coats. Follow the directions of the product you’ve purchased.

If you’re using stain, remember to wipe off the excess right after you apply each coat. You’ll get a smoother, more perfect finish that way. The goal of staining bamboo is to highlight its natural beauty. Therefore, it is possible to overstain bamboo.

Step Three

Also, once each coat is dry, lightly sand it before applying the next coat so that the next one adheres better.

After the final coat of stain is dry, you can seal the bamboo. One to two layers of varnish or sealer is recommended for a more natural look.

Again, you can lightly sand between applying layers to make the sealer adhere better.

Benefits of Natural Bamboo

  • The species, Tre-Gai and Solid Bamboo, are versatile and sturdy.
  • Since amaZulu’s bamboo products are pressure treated they are also long-lasting.
  • If desired, fire retardant can be added at the time of pressure treating for extra safety.
  • It creates an authentic atmosphere for your installations.
  • Natural coloring also adds to that authenticity.

Are you ready to use bamboo?

If you’re interested in using bamboo, we would love to help you!

Contact us today for more information on our Bamboo products or give us a call, toll-free at 877-243-5309.

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amaZulu, Inc. has hand-selected manufacturers who produce eco-friendly, high-quality natural architectural materials. Our selection presents a dynamic list of options when considering the environment.

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