Wood Stain

The best wood stain around.

With Gripseal Wood stain products you can beautify your wooden surfaces while at the same time keeping the natural texture and allowing the grain of the wood to show through.

What makes our Wood stain so special?

While traditional woodstains only stain the surface of the wood without sealing it. Gripseal wood stain products use state of the art technology to create wood stains with a built in sealer. What this means is while first coat colours the wood (stains it) the second coat then seals the wooden substrate or surface from the external enviroment.

Gripseal wood stain products have excellent penetration qualities.

Our success is due to the fact that surfaces are sealed from within and not merely by a surfacing coating. The more porous the surface, the better it can be sealed as the substrate is more penetrable.

Choosing a wood stain:

Identify the wood

The first thing you want to determine when using a stain is to identify the type of wood you will be staining. This is important as different types of wood ‘accept” the stain differently due to the composition of the wood type. Soft wood allows for easy penetration whereas dense, harder wood is more compact and allows for less penetration.

Therefore if you are using a soft wood, like pine etc, the stain will penetrate easily and moderate coats can be applied whereas with harder wood, it is recommended that the stain be thinned down and very thin coats be applied for better penetration and less surface build up. So once you have identified the type of wood you will be staining, you now know how the product should be applied, the next step is to choose whether to use a water based or solvent based product that incorporates a sealer or not.

Several types of wood stains are available in the market place:

Water-based stain & sealers, wiping stains, varnish stains, solvent based stains and gel stains. As already mentioned some stains are combined with a sealer or varnish which therefore means the surface doesn’t need to be sealed afterwards.

Previously, if a surface was to be stained, the following process would be followed:

Firstly a solvent based stain would be applied to the substrate with either a brush or a cloth. The applicator would then have to be cleaned with turps and due to the toxic make up of solvent based stains, masks would be used for health considerations. Once the stain had dried, a clear solvent based varnish or sealer would be applied to seal and protect the wood.

With the development of water based technology and products, staining wood has become an enjoyable and much less tedious task. The new water based stain/sealers, stains and seals the wood with 2 easy coats, achieves a superior finish, and all applicators are cleaned with water. Other benefits of these water based stains are that they are non toxic, environmentally friendly, low odour and are quick drying.

So according to us the water based stain/sealers is the choice to go with.

What products would we recommend?

Gripseal Water Based Wood Sealants