Wood Stain

  1. Finisher's Colorwheel ™
    Finisher's Colorwheel ™
    See beforehand what final color you'll get when you combine different woodworking tints.
    $22.99
  2. TransTint® Dyes
    TransTint® Dyes
    2 Review(s)

    Starting at: From $21.99

  3. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 194 Jamaican Rum, Quart
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    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 194 Jamaican Rum, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  4. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 190 Brazilian Cherry, Quart
    New
    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 190 Brazilian Cherry, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  5. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 191 Cayenne Pepper, Quart
    New
    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 191 Cayenne Pepper, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  6. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 192 Espresso, Quart
    New
    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 192 Espresso, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  7. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 195 Wheat, Quart
    New
    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 195 Wheat, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  8. ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 193 Ebony, Quart
    New
    ZAR® Ultra Max Oil-Modified Wood Stain, 193 Ebony, Quart
    Combines the deep tones of an oil-based stain with the low odor, fast drying and easy clean-up of a water-based stain.
    $16.99
  9. Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
    $15.99
  10. Master Dye Toners

    Starting at: From $14.99

  11. Colored stain adds gorgeous accents to your work.
    $13.99
  12. Colored stain adds gorgeous accents to your work.

    Starting at: From $13.99

  13. Homestead Dry Dyes
    Homestead Dry Dyes
    13 Review(s)
    Rather than sitting on the surface, dry dyes penetrate deep into the wood for a transparent, natural look.

    Starting at: From $12.99

  14. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Antique Cherry

    Starting at: From $11.99

  15. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Antique Oak

    Starting at: From $11.99

  16. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black

    Starting at: From $11.99

  17. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black Cherry

    Starting at: From $11.99

  18. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Brown Mahogany

    Starting at: From $11.99

  19. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Country Pine

    Starting at: From $11.99

  20. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Early American

    Starting at: From $11.99

  21. GRP6293_12

    Starting at: From $11.99

  22. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Golden Oak

    Starting at: From $11.99

  23. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Pecan

    Starting at: From $11.99

  24. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Rosewood

    Starting at: From $11.99

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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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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