Stain Selection: Follow these six handy hints and tips when choosing and applying your next stain

May 8, 2023 | News

Since timber is a product of nature, it can vary from tree to tree, even in the same family species. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing a stain for your timber. Following these handy tips will help you avoid costly mistakes down the track.

Start by checking the type of timber you have. Wood undertones can affect the final colour of your stain. Some timber species have pink-red hues, while others exhibit yellow tones. These natural tones within the timber can impact the final colour of the chosen stain.

What type of coverage are you after? Transparent or Solid Timber Stain? Transparent stain finishes allow the underlying timber grain to be highlighted as part of the finished appearance. Opaque solid colours conceal the texture of the timbers grain.

Test your chosen stain. Test the stain colour on an off cut or inconspicuous spot to ensure you are happy with the colour. Depending on how much stain you add can affect the final colour. The number of coats you apply will also result in the final colour looking deeper and richer.

Prepare the timber prior to stain application. Sand and clean the surface as per the manufacturer’s instructions. When you are ready to apply the stain, thoroughly stir the can. This will redistribute any colour pigments that may have settled at the bottom of the can.

Applying the stain. Use a brush, cloth, or spray application. Make sure you apply the stain in the direction of the timber’s grain. This will ensure a uniform application. Excess stain can be wiped off with a dry cloth in the direction of the timber grain to prevent swirl marks and remove unabsorbed stain.

Stains provide colour – not protection. Once the stain has dried be sure to apply a clear protective coat to the timber.

Still need some more information. Contact Mirotone’s technical department.