Interior Stain Color Guide

“Why aren’t the color the same as the sample?”

Stains, by their very nature, are transparent, unlike paints, which are opaque. Therefore the final color achieved will be greatly affected by the natural timber color i.e. A stain color will look very different on pine to the same color on a piece of walnut! Even the applicator’s technique and the clear finish used will affect the final color. ALWAYS EXPERIMENT FIRST, on an off-cut or out of sight area to ensure the final color achieved is as desired.

You are not alone. Many people asked the same question over the years once it came to wood or deck staining works.

Dye Stain

Craftsmen have been relying on dye stain to bring out the incredible beauty of timber. The traditional dye stain is non-grain raising and when correctly applied still gives an unsurpassed result on quality cabinet timbers. May give variable results on absorbent timbers such as Pine, and should be used with discretion on these woods.

Pigmented Stain

It is easy to use pigment based stain for interior timbers, especially white wood and pine.

“You focus on choosing the right stain color, we focus on stain it perfectly.” – Goldenland


Interior timber stains, with the exception of satin all require a clear coating with one of the general purpose clears, such as Estapol Polyurethane or Estapol Speed Gloss or Satin to bring out the true color and to preserve and protect the timber. Clears may be applied without stain, but interior stains must not be applied without a clear!

“Goldenland does proper PREPARATION”

With staining and clear finishing, as with painting, correct preparation is essential in order to achieve a quality result. Stains and clears, by their very nature, may tend to highlight any imperfections, scratches etc, in a timber surface. It is therefore essential to always hand sand with fine abrasive sand paper before staining or clear finishing. Always sand along the timber grain and be sure to thoroughly clean to remove all dust and grease, dirt, wax, glue, etc.

Our trick: A wipe with a cloth dampened with Mineral Turps will remove most grease and dust and will also highlight any excess glue remaining so that it may be removed by further wiping or very careful hand sanding.

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