Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Grant Barnard26
Solid Color Stain or Paint
So what is the difference between solid color stain and paint. When to use what and why. Many people and even many painters have no idea what the difference is. I am never surprised to see a fellow painter asking these questions at the paint store.
What Makes Stain Different?
- Solid Color Stain will cover bare wood in two thin coats
- Solid Color Stain will self adhere to the wood by slightly soaking in and grabbing hold
- Solid Color Stain is designed to NOT cover the texture where (good) paint is designed to fill cracks totally in and “cover”
- Solid Color Stain is not flat but is not very shiny either. It almost has its own sheen somewhere close to a matte finish
When NOT To Use Solid Color Stain
Solid Color Stain cannot be used over a previously PAINTED surface. You can always add a fresh coat of solid stain on top of another. If stain is added on top of paint it will not bond well because it has nothing to soak into. Now I know what you’re thinking… Then how can you add a fresh coat of solid color stain. Well you can because the acrylic resins will meld together if they are the same resins. So when adding a fresh coat or changing colors always use the exact same product that was used before. If you are not sure, go with the best. We recommend PPG Acri-Shield Stain.