How long should stains be left on the wood?
Anywhere from a few seconds to 15 minutes. The longer the stain is left on the wood, the deeper it will penetrate. For a light tint, wipe the excess stain off after a few minutes; for deeper, richer color, wait as long as 15 minutes.

Why is it important to wipe off the excess stain?
The colorants in stains are designed to be deposited in the wood pores, not on the surface of the wood. Any pigments allowed to remain on top of the wood will impair topcoat adhesion – causing the finish to peel.

Is it necessary to sand after the stain has dried?
No. In fact, we advise against it. Sanding will result in the removal of some of the dyes and pigments in the stained wood. Since stain does not raise the grain, no sanding is necessary before top-coating.

This finish soaks into the pores of the wood and hardens to form a protective penetrating seal. The wax gives a low-gloss satin sheen that wears only as the wood wears. It will not chip or scratch and is generally maintained with additional thin applications of wax. Usually, wax finishes are applied more often than surface finishes. Only solvent-based (never water-based) waxes, buffing pastes or cleaning liquids specifically made for wood floors should be used.

Does stain need to be top-coated?
For added beauty and protection, we recommend topcoating all projects with a protective clear finish such as polyurethane or polycrylic® protective finish.

Can stain colors be mixed to create additional colors?
There may be times when a desired stain color can only be achieved by mixing two colors. Experiment with different proportions until the desired color is achieved. Then mix enough stain to complete the entire project to avoid color-matching later.

Why don’t some woods match the colors on the stain product brochures and samples?
Wood can vary in color and pore structure even within the same species. Because every piece of wood is unique, final stain color may vary. While our samples are tested for accuracy, it is always best to first test stain on a small, inconspicuous spot on the project.