How Do I Choose the Right Stain Color and Transparency?

How Do I Choose the Right Stain Color and Transparency?

Helpful Tips for Your Next Staining Project

How Do I Choose the Right Stain Color and Transparency?

How Do I Choose the Right Stain Color and Transparency?

Q: How Do I Choose the Right Stain Color and Transparency?

A: Ever wondered about the difference between semi-solid and semi-transparent stain? Don’t worry, we all have. When you’re choosing a stain for wood staining projects, color and transparency are the two most important considerations. You have almost unlimited options.

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Transparency, or opacity, determines how much wood grain you want to see after your deck is stained.

For newer wood, go with clear, transparent or semi-transparent stains — that way some grain still shows through.

Semi-solid stains are a better choice for decks that have seen their share of cookouts. You’ll still see some grain, but you’ll hide more of the wear and tear your deck has endured.

Solid wood stains are for deck surfaces that have a lot of imperfections, or you just want to add a splash of color.

Also note that you’ll get more protection out of stains on the semi-solid to solid side of the transparency spectrum — which are better for older, more vulnerable wood.

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Understanding Transparency
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Understanding Transparency

Understanding Transparency

Transparency, or opacity, determines how much wood grain you want to see after your deck is stained.

For newer wood, go with clear, transparent or semi-transparent stains — that way some grain still shows through.

Semi-solid stains are a better choice for decks that have seen their share of cookouts. You’ll still see some grain, but you’ll hide more of the wear and tear your deck has endured.

Solid wood stains are for deck surfaces that have a lot of imperfections, or you just want to add a splash of color.

Also note that you’ll get more protection out of stains on the semi-solid to solid side of the transparency spectrum — which are better for older, more vulnerable wood.

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And that brings us to color. With Olympic stains, we have over fifty shades of brown. But you don't have to stop there. Olympic solid wood stain colors are almost as varied as paint, so you have plenty of other color options to choose from. Semi-transparent wood stain colors also offer some variation — including trending colors such as grays and tans, as well as unexpected shades like blue and green.

Consider contrasting dark stains with lively, green shrubbery or a flower bed for added drama. Light stains can make a space look bigger, brighter and more open, especially in natural light. Lastly, don’t be afraid to explore blackened hues to add drama and elegance to even neutral exteriors.

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Choosing Color
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Choosing Color

And that brings us to color. With Olympic stains, we have over fifty shades of brown. But you don't have to stop there. Olympic solid wood stain colors are almost as varied as paint, so you have plenty of other color options to choose from. Semi-transparent wood stain colors also offer some variation — including trending colors such as grays and tans, as well as unexpected shades like blue and green.

Consider contrasting dark stains with lively, green shrubbery or a flower bed for added drama. Light stains can make a space look bigger, brighter and more open, especially in natural light. Lastly, don’t be afraid to explore blackened hues to add drama and elegance to even neutral exteriors.

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