After the grinding is finished, burn each strip exactly so that the wood grain comes out. Once burned, I lit it sanded again and dried everything down before the stain. I used Rit Dye for the stain and colored each strip individually before I glued it together. This saved a TON of time as taped. Once colored, I also used a high gloss polyurethane on all bands alone. The stain bleeds so I didn't want to risk any of the color mix together.