Just a few Wood Stain Color Choices From Minwax
Minwax makes a widely available array of stains and we can use them if you request but usually we use commercial water based stains in our finishing process. If you are considering buying our products raw/unfinished and staining it yourself you at least start to find what wood stain color will suit your needs here. Here are some sample charts for you to look at. Since they are readily available through most retail paint outlets we have chosen the MINWAX Water based color palettes to display.
Before you go ahead and put stain to wood though – PLEASE remember a couple very important points… Here’s what the PROS say:
“Always try out the stain on a piece of scrap before actually staining the final product”
”Always mix stains and paints thoroughly as the pigments will settle to the bottom and make for uneven coloring of your project if you overlook this step”
“When making a sample board up take a couple minutes more and prepare it with the same steps as the final product. This means sanding with the same grit sandpaper as the actual piece you will be finishing. Usually the finished grit of sandpaper will be 150-180 grit for a smooth finish with smoother finishes being achieved with 220 grit.”
WOOD TONE STAINS
These wood stains shade the wood in mostly wood tones rather than color tones and can be intermixed for more custom shades if the desired shade isn’t found in the stock color chart. They can also be diluted with water to achieve a less intense variation of the original stain color.
Always keep in mind that each species accepts stain differently. The color samples are done on Oak and are merely a representative simulation. Once you have found a stain to your liking we recommend testing the stain on a scrap piece of wood that is the same species as the piece you intend to stain as well as sanded and prepped as you will the final wood surface. This ensures better accuracy when choosing your final stain color.
SOLID COLOR STAINS
These wood stains colorize the wood in mostly color tones rather than wood shades and can be intermixed like the ‘Wood Tone Stains’ above for more custom colors if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the stock color chart.
SAME AS ABOVE… Always keep in mind that each species accepts stain differently. The color samples shown are done on Oak and are merely a representative simulation. Always test stain on a scrap piece of wood that is the same species as the piece you intend to stain. Make sure it is sanded and prepped the same as you will the final wood surface you intend to stain and finish. This ensures better accuracy when choosing your final stain color.
COLOR WASH STAINS
These wood stains are basically a pastel wash that gives subtle and softer color enhancement while allowing maximum grain and wood characteristics to come through. As with their more intense color counterparts above it is possible to cross mix and dilute these to achieve a custom wash color.
PRODUCT APPLICATION DETAILS
Anyone intending to do their own staining and finishing likely already knows what to and how to do the things mentioned above. So these pointers, cautions and tips are just a friendly reminder that may help you get the best results with your project.
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