Parawood, also known as rubberwood, is used primarily in the manufacturing of furniture. This particular wood features a light color and dense grain; and is a favorite because it is considered environmentally friendly. Because of the density of this wood, staining is the best option.
First, the Parawood must be sanded with medium-grit sandpaper, no finer than 180-grit.
If there are any holes or nicks in the wood, make sure you use a wood filler and allow it to dry completely. After the filler has dried, sand the area well before moving on to the next step.
Mix the stain according to the manufacturer's directions.
Apply the stain with an old cotton rag to the corners and any uneven areas first. Then apply to the wood in smooth strokes (the stain can be applied in any direction, but for best results, apply it cross-grain first). Repeat this process for an additional coat if the first has dried uneven or too light.
As you stain, wipe the surface with a dry rag to remove any excess stain.
After the stain has competely dried, you will want to apply a clear topcoat to protect the surface of the wood. The topcoat can be applied with a small foam roller or brush. Always apply 3 to 4 coats of clear topcoat. Allow the topcoat to dry completely.