Wood Stain

  1. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 119 Mocha, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 119 Mocha
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  2. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 123 Moorish Teak, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 123 Moorish Teak
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  3. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 121 Black Onyx, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 121 Black Onyx
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  4. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 124 Rosewood, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 124 Rosewood
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  5. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 126 Chestnut, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 126 Chestnut
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  6. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 127 Golden Oak, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 127 Golden Oak
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  7. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 138 Spanish Oak, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 138 Spanish Oak
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  8. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 128 Early American, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 128 Early American
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  9. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 129 Amber Varnish, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 129 Amber Varnish
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  10. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 139 Coastal Boards, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 139 Coastal Boards
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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  11. ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 140 Merlot, Half-Pint
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    ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain, 140 Merlot
    Easily wipes on like furniture polish, leaving a rich, uniform color with no lap marks or streaks.

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

    Starting at: From $6.99

  13. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Candlelite

    Starting at: From $9.99

  14. Gel Stain - General Finishes - American Oak

    Starting at: From $9.99

  15. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Nutmeg

    Starting at: From $9.99

  16. 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 $11.99

  17. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Prairie Wheat

    Starting at: From $9.99

  18. GRP6293_12

    Starting at: From $11.99

  19. 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.
    $9.99
  20. Gel Stain - General Finishes - Colonial Maple

    Starting at: From $9.99

  21. Behlen Scratch Remover Markers
    Behlen Scratch Remover Markers
    2 Review(s)
    Just trace scratches to make them disappear.

    Starting at: From $6.99

  22. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Antique Cherry

    Starting at: From $11.99

  23. EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Black Cherry

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

    Starting at: From $8.99

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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