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Wood Stain

Wood stain protects its surface from the elements, meaning that it preserves its natural appearance and expands its lifespan. They differentiate from varnish as they leave behind a coloured finish. Our advanced, quick drying formulas are available in multiple sizes and hundreds of colours. They all resist against cracking, blistering and peeling. There is water based and solvent based options available and they couldn’t be any easier to apply. They can be used on hardwoods and knotty softwoods, however check individual products for specific details.

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Frequently asked questions about wood stain

  1. What is wood stain?

    Wood stain is a product that changes the colour and appearance of wood. Wood stain is usually applied during the finishing process and can be used on interior and exterior wood.

  2. What does a wood stain do?

    Wood stain is used to colour wood by applying pigment into wood fibres, then letting it set and bind to the wood. Not only do they help bring out the wood's natural characteristics, but they can also protect the wood from damage. Wood stains can offer wood protection against UV light by helping reflect the rays. This helps prevent wood surfaces from fading and losing their colour.

  3. When should I use wood stain?

    Think of wood stain as the final seal. Wood stains should be used in the final step of finishing wood surfaces. This means that any sanding or trimming should be completed before applying wood stain. Otherwise, if you sand or reshape wood after staining, it will give an uneven appearance.

  4. How to apply wood stain?

    If the wood that you wish to stain requires sanding, make sure to do this first. Ensure that the wood is completely clean of dust, residue and marks that might stick to the stain. When you are ready to apply wood stain, make sure that you have stirred can well. The residual pigment can collect at the bottom of the can, so stir the product using a stick or spare brush every once in a while to ensure a smooth finish. You can apply wood stain using any tool such as a rag, brush, roller or spray gun. The important tip here is to remember to wipe off any excess (using a rag) before the stain dries. If you let the stain dry before wiping the excess, it will cause unattractive blotching.

  5. How to remove wood stain?

    Liquid and gel strippers such as Ronseal Decking Stripper and Liberon Fine Wood Stripper are great affordable options to remove wood stain. Apply using a brush and allow the product to penetrate the wood for the recommended time. When the surface appears wrinkled or bubbled, this is an indication that the stain has softened enough for scraping. You can use a paint scraper or putty knife, or even a stiff-bristled brush to remove wood stain from intricate detailing.