How Do You Make Blue Wood Stains?

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Beetles are the reason for this blue wood stain on pine. We call this T&G rustic timber beetle kill pine.

The beetles make blue wood stains on pine. It’s not John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but those bugs that live on the bark of trees. 

You must be wondering how these insects turn wood blue. It’s mold that grows on the surface of the wood. Those parasites carry the fungus that causes the blue stain.

The Rustic Lumber Company sells Tongue and Groove Blue Stain Pine.

In this post, you will learn what causes blue stains on wood, whether it is safe, and if you can stain wood blue.


Read on. 


How do you make natural blue wood stain?

Mountain pine beetles carry fungi that cause molds that look like blue stains on the wood. However, you can also stain wood blue using common household items like white vinegar, lemon juice, and a few pennies. You’ll know it’s a blue stain when it doesn’t brush off the surface. 

According to some wood experts, a blue stain is a serious defect in the wood. It caused a loss of about a million dollars to white pine lumber manufacturers in Ontario during the year 1928.

The growth of fungi in wood causes it. 

Mold grows on the surface of the wood. You can brush it up easily. Blue stain penetrates deep into the wood and cannot be removed.


Why is blue stain pine so popular?

Blue stain pine has a variety of colors that create a rustic appeal. It is the perfect product for turning a basement into a man cave. It also makes an excellent backdrop for a trophy room. 

Our 1×6 blue stain pine is 5 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch thick. It is most popular as an interior finish. It can be used on ceilings, walls, and sometimes even as flooring. 

The variety of colors is what makes blue stain pine so popular. You can expect to see whites, grays, blues, and reds mixed into the wood.


Is a blue stain on pine toxic?

Blue stains on pine may be caused by fungi, but you don’t need to worry about them spreading. The fungus dies when moisture leaves the surface of the wood. Our blue stain pine is safe to use.

Some wood products are treated with pesticides to prevent them from rotting. These types of wood can be hazardous to human health. Exposure to arsenic may cause cancer. Be careful about arsenic-treated pine. 

Arsenic-treated wood is common in outdoor locations such as playgrounds, picnic tables, and decks. At Rustic Lumber, the mountain pine beetles are the culprits for making our T&G blue stain pine.


Build your man cave with T&G blue stain pine.

Are you looking to add a rustic, masculine appeal to your interior space? Our T&G blue stain pine is a perfect choice. 

At Rustic Lumber Company, we know all about blue stain pine. Give us a call, and we’ll answer all your questions about those blue wood stains.