Making Stain W/Vinegar and Tea

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I TRIED MAKING STAIN WITH TEA BAGS AND ENDED UP WITH A VERY, VERY LIGHT STAIN ON WHITEBOARDS THAT BARELY COLORED THE WOOD. I TRIED VINEGAR AND STEEL WOOL, JUST LIKE THE DIRECTIONS STATED, AND IT DID NOT COLOR THE WOOD AT ALL -- JUST WASTED GOOD VINEGAR -- EVEN ADDED RUSTY METAL OBJECTS TO THE MIX, WHICH DID NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. CAN THESE HOMEMADE STAINS ONLY BE USED ON SPECIFIC WOODS AND NOT ON PINE?

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Pine is a very hard wood and hard woods are less responsive to stain. You might try sanding the pine with a medium grain sand paper like a 120 to open it up. It might receive the stain a little better/deeper. Good luck

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