Follow some of these basic tips and when choosing and using timber stains.
Timber in its natural state is a beautiful material to add to your home. A sustainable choice, while adding character and warmth to any living space, it may not always match the colours or tones within your home.
Since timber is a product of nature, it can vary from tree to tree, even in the same family species. So how do you know which stain will suit which timber?
In order to avoid any costly “what have I done moments” – start by:
Checking the type of timber you have. Wood undertones can greatly affect the final colour of your stain. Some timber species have pink-red hues, while others can air on yellow tones. These natural tones within the timber can impact the final colour of the chosen stain.
Transparent or Solid Timber Stain – Which should you choose? 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 wood grain, resulting in a natural timber finish.
Test the chosen stain on an off cut or inconspicuous spot to ensure you are happy with the colour. Depending on how much stain you add can greatly affect the final colour. The number of coats you apply will also result in the final colour looking deeper and richer.
Once you are happy with your chosen stain (after you have spot tested) make sure you always thoroughly prepare the timber prior to application. Sand and clean the surface as per manufactures instructions. Always remember to thoroughly stir the can. This will redistribute any colour pigments that may have settled to the bottom.
When applying the stain (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. This will not only protect the timber and stain, but ensure the final results look spectacular!
Still not sure? You can always speak to the stain manufactures technical department or visit the distributor you purchased the stain from. They will be able to help you make the right decision so you are happy with your stain!