Using a stain on your interior surfaces can bring out the inner beauty of the material, whether it be wood or other material. There are several types of stains and transparent finishes available in the market today, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. From exterior stains to interior stains, you can choose the best one for your business and needs. But what types of stains are available for your interior and exterior needs? What is the most important thing that you need to know about these kinds of stains and transparent finishes? First, let’s discuss what types of stains are available.

Interior Stains

There are different types of interior stains. The one you should choose depends on the type and magnitude of the work you’re making. The three most familiar types of internal wood stains are

  1. water-based wood stains
  2. oil-based wood stains
  3. gel stains.

Each of these would improve the raw texture of the wood tables, cabinets or other projects. Oil-based stains are probably the most common form of stain and are often used for larger tasks. They penetrate deep into the wood, giving a deep, wet color to the wood surface. However, oil-based stains do take longer to dry, so take that into account when purchasing . Because water-based stains dry so rapidly, they’re a better option for smaller tasks. Some people prefer water-based wood stains just because they have less odor and need less ventilation. Most gel stains are oil-based, but they’re a thicker product. When purchasing a stain for your interior painting services, take all of these specifications into account, and choose the product that is best for your specific project or need.

Exterior Stains

If you are wanting a stain or transparent finish for your outdoor project, there are several for you to choose from. There are four basic types of exterior stains:

  1. Semisolid
  2. Clear finish
  3. Solid color
  4. Semitransparent

These types of stains/finishes have several characteristics that make them ideal for outdoor projects. They can be used in any kind of surface, but are primarily used on wood surfaces. They can also be used on walls, ceilings, floors and any other outdoor project. Semisolid stain allows for the wood texture to show through the stain. This is especially important when it comes to outdoor projects where the wood has been exposed. Clear finish is what you would apply to your completed surface. Clear finishes are available in different gloss levels, so you are able to customize to what degree you want your finished project to shine. A solid color stain is a stain that allows the texture to show through, yet supplies a full color to the surface. They also provide protection to your surface that is unmatched. Finally, semitransparent stains contain a very slight color to them. These stains are great for allowing the wood to show through naturally, while providing a small amount of extra color to boost its appearance.

When adding a stain to your wood surface, there are so many stain types, so it may be an overwhelming task. However, there are many ways to add a stain on your wood surface with different levels of color and opacity, so your options are endless. Stains do not have to be intimidating. You can use a variety of colors to create your own unique look. Whether it is for an interior table, floor, or other project, or an outdoor porch, patio or any other surface, there is a stain for everyone!

The experts at JMA Painters are ready to help you find a stain and/or finish that will bring out the beauty in your wood surface or project! If you need local commercial painting services, look no further that JMA Painters. 

Wood Stains and Finishes