Stain or Varnish?


R

Ricardo

Hi,
I've just made a new bath panel out of 6mm plywood. I want to colour it
"Antique Pine" but am not not sure whether to use stain or varnish. What is
the main difference between these two treatments and how is it best to apply
them.

Regards Ricardo
 
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R

Ricardo

Thanks guys I get it now.


Kalico said:
Sort of true in that SOME stain is adds colour. But many do not and are
designed solely for protection.

A better way to think of it is that stain soaks into the wood whereas a
varnish, bit like a paint, sits on top of it, as a protective layer.

I have had good success using just a stain, albeit one with protective
qualities. The downside of varnish (especially polyurethane) is that it can
peel as it ages, just like paint, and it then looks ugly. It must then be
thoroughly prepared again before re-varnishing. A stain, however, can be
applied over a previously stained surface with much less preparation.

Rob
 

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