How to Stain a Banjo Head

by Rob Kemmett
Banjos are similar in design to guitars, with the body and strings being the major differences.

Banjos are similar in design to guitars, with the body and strings being the major differences.

Hemera Technologies/ Images

Staining a banjo head is a project that not only enhances the beauty of the instrument, but protects the wood from which it is constructed as well. The head of a banjo is the portion located at the end of the neck, and contains the tuning pegs. The pegs can stay in place while you are applying stain to the banjo head, but the strings need to be removed.

Items you will need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Rubber gloves
  • Soft bristle paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Painter's tape
  • Wooden dowel or paint stirrer
Step 1

Turn the tuning pegs until the strings begin to loosen. Remove the strings from the tuning pegs and let them hang loose. They will remain attached to the bridge on the body of the banjo.

Step 2

Cover the tuning pegs with painter's tape to prevent them coming in contact with the stain.

Step 3

Sand the banjo head with fine grit sandpaper. The idea is to smooth out the surface, so sand lightly.

Step 4

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and stir the can of wood stain with a wooden dowel or paint stirrer.

Step 5

Dip the paint brush into the stain so only the tips of the bristles are covered.

Step 6

Apply the stain to the banjo head in smooth strokes. Do not move the brush back and forth, because this creates an odd-looking stain pattern. Stroke the brush in one direction so that when the stain dries, it has a uniform finish.

Step 7

Remove excess stain by dabbing it with wadded paper towels.

Step 8

Let the stain dry for two to three hours, and apply a second coat if needed.

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/ Images