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.