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General Tools and Materials:

Before You Start

Acclimate all beams by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.

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Step 1



  • Drop Cloth
  • Tack Cloth

Place the beam on a drop cloth. Wipe the beam with a tack cloth to remove any debris.

Step 2



  • Paint Brush
  • Water-Based Paint
  • Clean Cotton Cloth
  • Thoroughly mix paint. Dip brush into paint and remove excess.
  • Wipe brush on a clean cotton cloth or cardboard scrap so that minimal paint remains on the brush (known as dry brush method).
  • Brush the remaining paint onto the beam following the direction of the grain. Do not paint against the grain.
  • Reload brush as needed.

Step 3


Allow stain/paint to dry completely.

Step 4


Evaluate color and repeat if necessary.