Wood Stain

  1. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Java

    Starting at: From $8.99

  2. TransTint® Dyes
    TransTint® Dyes
    1 Review(s)

    Starting at: From $20.99

  3. Homestead Dry Dyes
    Homestead Dry Dyes
    13 Review(s)

    Starting at: From $12.29

  4. Darkening Solution
    Darkening Solution
    22 Review(s)
    Give new brass hardware the look of a seasoned antique.

    Starting at: From $5.49

  5. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Georgian Cherry

    Starting at: From $8.99

  6. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Antique Walnut

    Starting at: From $8.99

  7. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Brown Mahogany

    Starting at: From $8.99

  8. Colored stain adds gorgeous accents to your work.

    Starting at: From $13.99

  9. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Candlelite

    Starting at: From $8.99

  10. Oxalic Acid for Wood Bleaching
    Oxalic Acid for Wood Bleaching
    4 Review(s)
    Even out the appearance of bare wood so it will stain to a uniform color.
  11. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Nutmeg

    Starting at: From $8.99

  12. General Finishes Mission Stain-Oak
    General Finishes Mission Stain-Oak
    3 Review(s)
    Get an authentic mission-style finish with this easy-to-apply gel stain.

    Starting at: From $13.99

  13. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Espresso

    Starting at: From $12.59

  14. Gel Stain - General Finishes - American Oak

    Starting at: From $8.99

  15. Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Marker

    Starting at: From $7.99

  16. Dual-sided sample boards display finishes on real wood

    Starting at: From $31.49

  17. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Prairie Wheat

    Starting at: From $8.99

  18. Finisher's Colorwheel ™
    Finisher's Colorwheel ™
    See beforehand what final color you'll get when you combine different woodworking tints.
  19. Behlen Scratch Remover Markers
    Behlen Scratch Remover Markers
    2 Review(s)
    Just trace scratches to make them disappear.

    Starting at: From $8.19

  20. General Finish Wood Stain comes in many exciting color choices

    Starting at: From $8.99

  21. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black Cherry

    Starting at: From $12.59

  22. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Shaker Maple

    Starting at: From $12.59

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

    Starting at: From $12.59

  24. 81225-Medium Brown Walnut/Light Mahogany
    Behlen Fill Sticks
    An easy, rub-in repair for scratches, nicks and gouges.

    Starting at: From $4.29

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 ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
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