Choosing the appropriate stain or finish for your home improvement project depends primarily on the type of surface you are applying the stain to as well as whether or not the surface is interior or exterior. Jones Paint & Glass offers high-quality brands for both stains and finishes, perfect for any project! Stop by your local Jones Paint & Glass for wood stains, concrete stains, floor finishes, other products and supplies, or call us for more information.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some quick reference tips to help you pick the perfect wood stain for your project:
Exterior Wood Stain
- Oil-Based (alkyd): Better penetration and durability, with a longer drying time that achieves a more even finish.
- Water-Based (latex, acrylic): Better color retention, mildew resistance, and breathability; also is nonflammable, has less odor and a quicker drying time.
- Opacity: Semi-transparent stain that provides a protective layer and allows the grain pattern to show through. Semi-solid has a longer life, more UV protection, and almost completely hides the natural wood grain and color. Solid (opaque) can be applied over previously painted surfaces, has a longer life than other opacities, and entirely hides grain pattern.
Interior Wood Stain
- Combination Stain/Finish: Wood stain combined with polyurethane finish saves time by applying both simultaneously; ideal for furniture.
- Gel Stain: Doesn’t drip, run, or penetrate, leaving surface grain appearance intact.
- Spray Stain: Easy to apply for difficult-to-reach surfaces.
- Water-Based Liquid Stain: Dries quickly; clean up with soap and water.
- Wiping Stain: Oil- or water-based stain that penetrates wood to seal and protect.
While a stain will enhance a surface’s appearance, a finish will protect the surface to ensure the material and the stain can withstand wear, tear, and harsh elements. Call or contact us to learn more about the brands we use for our floor finishes.