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Question by  PallavJain (16)

What are the benefits of paint on wood versus stain on wood?

Can you compare paint and stain on wood.


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

Stain allows you to see the grain of the wood, whereas paint mostly hides the grain. Oak, for example, is often stained because the grain is attractive. Poplar is often painted because the wood itself frequently has an odd greenish tint. If you have a beautiful piece of wood, then use stain. Otherwise, use paint.


Answer by  Empress (122)

Stain give a much more transparent finish. It can color the wood, while still showing the grain through. Paint would cover it.


Answer by  pfrink (80)

Stain compared to paint on wood is usually based on applications and personal preferences. Stains, traditionally, can protect wood better then paints, depending on where the wood is located. Paints off hide and cover up the wood grain look, but can be cleaned easier and provide more options in colors and final appearances.

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