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How to Stain & Touch Up Beams

Staining Unfinished Beams

AZ Faux Beams Unfinished beams can be finished in a number of ways. The beams are coated in a primer coat which aids with the adhesion of several stain products.

(Preferred) Deluxe Finish Method

Prime the beam in a high-quality latex paint, such as Benjamin Moore's 023 interior primer or Sherwin Williams # 6108 Latte is the color in Emerald Satin or Matte. Primer colors can drastically change the look of the finished product. Once completely dry (please follow drying instructions on can), apply a deck stain. We recommend Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Semi-Solid Deck stains, which can be formulated in just about any color. Deck stains can be applied by roller or brush. Simply use a rag to lightly wipe the beam until you reach the desired effect.

Recommendations for Painting/Staining Beams

Please note that a high-quality, water-based, semi-transparent stain will usually work best on our beams for staining, or a high quality latex paint for painting. DO NOT USE oil-based stains or paints, as they will not dry properly on our products.

Touching Up Finished Beams*

*The steps required to touch up finished/pre-finished beams vary depending on the beam style. Please find the beam style that you purchased and follow those instructions for the best results.

Rustic, Majestic & Rough Sawn

Quickship Walnut Beams
Quickship beams are available prefinished in an exterior grade walnut stain. The walnut stain kit is a two step process (with a base color and highlight) that is solvent based stain must be lightly feathered on. The stain dries very quickly and a little goes a long way. To touch up the beam, we strongly suggest practicing on a scrap piece first. We recommend a 20-24 gauge paint brush.
  1. Lightly apply the stain to the tip of the brush
  2. Wipe excess stain off the brush until it's nearly dry
  3. Lightly feather the brush over the desired area to apply stain
  4. A little goes a long way.

Hand Hewn, Old Tuscan, Woodcrafted, Wind Drift & Saw Cut

These five beams are available prefinished in an exterior grade walnut stain. The touch up stains must be lightly feathered on. The stain dries very quickly and a little goes a long way. To touch up the beam, we strongly suggest practicing on a scrap piece first. We recommend a 20-24 gauge paint brush.
    1. Dip paint brush into stain and let stain drip out of brush
    2. Wipe or brush off stain left in brush onto a clean cotton rag or towel
    3. Quickly “dry brush” remaining stain onto area to be patched
    4. Do not put stain on top of existing stain- the dry stain will become darker with multiple coats.
    5. Repeat if necessary

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