Wood Stain

  1. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Candlelite

    Starting at: From $9.49

  2. Gel Stain - General Finishes - New Pine

    Starting at: From $9.49

  3. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Colonial Maple

    Starting at: From $9.49

  4. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Nutmeg

    Starting at: From $9.49

  5. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Prairie Wheat

    Starting at: From $9.49

  6. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Black
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    Gel Stain - General Finishes - Black
    Easy application with nothing but a clean cloth—heavy-bodied gel results in less penetration and more even color.

    Starting at: From $9.49

  7. Homestead Dry Dyes
    Homestead Dry Dyes
    13 Review(s)
    Homestead dry dyes come in a fine powder form and are used to make dye-based stain for wood.

    Starting at: From $12.29

  8. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Antique Cherry

    Starting at: From $12.59

  9. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Antique Oak

    Starting at: From $12.59

  10. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black

    Starting at: From $12.59

  11. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black Cherry

    Starting at: From $12.59

  12. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Brown Mahogany

    Starting at: From $12.59

  13. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Country Pine

    Starting at: From $12.59

  14. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Cranberry

    Starting at: From $12.59

  15. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Early American

    Starting at: From $12.59

  16. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Espresso

    Starting at: From $12.59

  17. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Golden Oak

    Starting at: From $12.59

  18. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Pecan

    Starting at: From $12.59

  19. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Rosewood

    Starting at: From $12.59

  20. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Shaker Maple

    Starting at: From $12.59

  21. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Walnut

    Starting at: From $12.59

  22. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Whitewash

    Starting at: From $12.59

  23. Pre-Stain Conditioner - General Finishes - Natural
    Pre-Stain Conditioner - General Finishes - Natural
    1 Review(s)
    Water-based conditioner contains no colorant and combats blotching on hard-to-stain woods.

    Starting at: From $12.59

  24. Colored stain adds gorgeous accents to your work.
    $13.99

What's the difference?

Pigmented stains: These stains color the wood by depositing fine particles of color solids on the wood's surface. The particles, or pigments, aren't absorbed but rather adhere to the wood because the stains include a "binder" – typically a thinned clear wood finish with either an oil or a water base. The pigments accumulate more in irregularities in the wood surface, including pores (and scratches), so these areas will appear darker than the surrounding wood. As a result, pigmented stains enhance contrast in woods that have large pores and pronounced grain, and they'll accentuate any marks or blemishes left after sanding.

Dyes: The particles of color in dyes are much, much smaller than in pigmented stains and are typically dissolved in water or alcohol. Because the color molecules are so small, they are absorbed by the wood and produce a more uniform color, even in tight-grained woods. As a result, they can be used to even out color differences within and between boards. Dyes of different colors can be mixed to achieve the desired tone. Dyes are available in powder form and as a liquid concentrate.

Gel stains: These are pigmented stains formulated to be much thicker. They often are wiped on and off, allowing the user to control the amount of stain left on the wood. Because they sit on top of the wood and the thickness can be controlled, they can be used to blend differences in wood color.

It should be noted that some pigmented stains also contain dyes and that, when using pigmented stains, surface preparation affects how much stain remains on the wood. It’s difficult to get a very smooth, close-grained wood to "take" pigmented stain. For that reason, most experts suggest sanding close-grained wood with no finer than 150-grit sandpaper prior to applying a primarily pigment-based stain.

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I have been using Rockler for years, your products are always the best that can be purchased and your prices are very reasonable. Ann you have always done your best to make me feel as though I was your very best customer. Thank you for great service."

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What People are Saying:

I have been using Rockler for years, your products are always the best that can be purchased and your prices are very reasonable. Ann you have always done your best to make me feel as though I was your very best customer. Thank you for great service."

- Daniel F.
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