Stain Colors

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NOTE: We recommend that you read and follow manufacturer’s direction on all finishing products.



The application of a paintable, stainable wood preservative is recommended for all products which are exposed to the interior. Do not use a “preservative in oil” as the product will accept no additional finish. Stained items will be more uniform in color, but they generally will stain lighter than color shown on a stain chart. All parts should be treated to provide maximum protection and to achieve the same color on all parts.

Products can be finished natural, stained, or painted. Even if a natural finish is desired, the wood must be protected. The finish will protect as well as enhance the natural beauty of the wood.


The process used to obtain the desired wood color. Even if a light color is desired, we recommend the use of a stain to blend the wood components, and to enhance the grain. Use of an oil base, petroleum solvent type, penetrating wiping stain, apply with a brush or soft rag, allowing several minutes for the stain to penetrate wood, then with a soft rag or paper towels, wipe off excess stain until desired color is obtained. The amount of rubbing will determine the depth of the color. Most stains will lighten in color upon drying, but then darken slightly upon application of clear finish.


The process of using a low viscosity, highly penetrating material which seals the wood pores. After the stain has been allowed to dry, apply at least two coats of clear sealer, a toluene or zylene solvent type for products used to the exterior, lacquer base is acceptable for products to be used on the interior. Lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper or 0000 grade steel wool after each coat of clear sealer.


A semi-gloss or gloss lacquer will offer protection for products used in the interior, but should never be used for an exterior finish. We prefer at least two coats of a high grade marine spar varnish with ultra violet inhibitor as a final coating. Two coats of high quality exterior grade of polyurethane with an ultra violet inhibitor may be used. Adequate drying time should be allowed before recoating. Again, lightly sand or steel wool between coats. Both clear finishes mentioned are available in stain of high gloss with the latter generally having a longer finish life.


For interior use, the product should be primed with an oil base, petroleum solvent type primer, or lacquer base primer, which should be lightly sanded when thoroughly dry. Follow with two coats of high quality finish (never use a lacquer base finish over an oil base primer). For exterior use, the product should be primed with an oil base, petroleum solvent type primer, sanded when thoroughly dry with 220 grit sandpaper or 0000 grade steel wool and top coated with two coats of high quality oil base semi-gloss finish. We do not recommend a water base finish or the use of lacquer as an exterior finish.


How frequent refinishing will be required will depend on many factors such as, humidity, temperature, exposure to direct sunlight, and the number of finish coats originally applied. When refinishing, any wax that may have applied must be removed, (waxing is not recommended for the exterior). This can generally be accomplished by wiping the product several times with a cloth saturated with paint thinner “mineral spirits”. The product should then be lightly sanded over the entire surface. Two coats of the same type finish as originally used should be applied. Be sure to lightly sand between coats.

NOTE: We attempt to “color match” all component parts, but we make no guarantee to color compatibility since wood density, grain, reaction and color change caused by sun and ultra violet rays, etc. are all factors which affect finished appearance. We recommend the use of an oil based pigmented wiping stain on all products to be finished with an exposed grain to accomplish a more uniform appearance.