What is a Stain? | Definition of a Stain - Apex Granite Outlet

Stain refers to a type of finish that is applied to wood surfaces, including kitchen cabinets, to alter their color and enhance their appearance. The stain penetrates the wood fibers and changes the color of the wood, creating a richer and more varied appearance. Stains are available in a wide range of colors, from light, natural hues to dark, dramatic shades, making it easy to customize the look of your kitchen cabinets to your taste.

Stains are available in two main types: oil-based and water-based. Oil-based stains are more durable and provide a deeper color, but they can take longer to dry and emit more fumes during the application process. Water-based stains dry faster, emit fewer fumes, and are easier to clean up, but they may not provide as deep of a color or be as durable as oil-based stains.

Before staining kitchen cabinets, it's important to properly prepare the surface by sanding it smooth and ensuring it's free of any dirt, grease, or previous finishes. Applying a stain to a poorly prepared surface can result in an uneven finish that looks unprofessional. It's also important to choose the right type of stain for your cabinets, based on the desired color and durability, and to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure a successful application.