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What Is Stain?

A stain is a type of finish commonly applied to wood cabinet doors. They're designed to preserve the natural beauty of the wood grain, protect the material, and enhance the overall appearance of your cabinets. 

Stains come in various shades and can alter the natural color of the wood. Stains also help prevent mildew and mold and can increase the lifespan of your kitchen cabinet doors.

After you order custom cabinet doors in a wood species of your choice, you'll want to apply the stain before installation. You may need to use a few coats of the stain to get your desired finish. Most stains are easy to apply on your own and require little to no professional experience. You can spray, brush, or wipe it directly onto the wood. Depending on the type of stain you choose, it can take 12-48 hours to fully dry. 

There are a variety of stains available. Some of the most popular options include: 

  • Oil/Solvent Based

  • Water Based 

  • Gel

  • Alcohol-Based Dye

When exploring the different stain types, you'll want to consider the type of wood, your kitchen design, and your desired finish.

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