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There's no denying that color has a powerful impact on our emotions. The colors that surround us can make us feel happy, sedate, sad, upset, etc. That's why one of the most important factors in your stain project is selecting the right color. But with so many colors to choose from, how do you know which one will give your wood the desired look and emotional effect?
Subjective vs. objective Color is, of course, a subjective matter. Everyone can list the colors they love and hate. But before you choose a color for your project, consider this: You are not the only one who will be living with it.
Factors that influence color perception There are many factors that influence the way a color looks on a finished project. These include the wood's color and substrate texture, subcoats applied to the wood and the light source.
Wood color and substrate These two factors will affect the appearance of all stain products, but this is especially true of wood toner, semi-transparent and semi-solid stains. Porous wood, such as rough-cut lumber, will absorb more stain and allow more of the substrate to show through.
Subcoats When staining, it's important to remember this: the first coat of a two-coat system will usually appear lighter than the second coat. So don't judge the color from the first coat alone.
Light color The color of light can change dramatically during the course of a day. Sunset light tends to be golden; evening light is often bluish; cloudy days cast a grayer light than sunny days, which are usually yellower.
Choose your stain color and finish
Cabot offers a full range of high-quality stains, in a variety of colors and
opacities. Here's an overview:
Wood Toner These clear and lightly tinted stains are nearly transparent, so they allow the most wood grain and texture to show through. View wood toner colors.
Semi-Transparent Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen. View semi-transparent colors.
Semi-Solids Our unique semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen. View semi-solid colors.
Solids Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through. View solid colors.
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