ZAR® Stain can be used for decorative faux finishing and color toning on non-porous, non-wood surfaces. Mix any two colors in a 50/50 blend to create a unique hue or tint ZAR® Color Matcher to coordinate with your most treasured belongings.
- Superior coverage
- Included in MPI Category #90
- 18 Ready-mixed colors with 2 Color Matcher tint bases for custom coloring
- Sizes: half pint, quart, gallon
- Coverage: 3,200 square feet per gallon (depending on porosity of the substrate)
- Application tools: lint-free cloth, foam applicator, natural bristle brush
- Dry time: 3 hours
- Coats: 1, additional coats for deeper color
- Recoat time: 3-4 hours
- Faux wood
Please note, colors are RGB web approximations of the actual shades.
Tinting with ZAR® Color Matcher
Color Matcher, available in a Light Tint Base and a Dark Tint Base, can be tinted to:
- Match any stain color
- Coordinate with a paint color
- Reflect a color in your decor
Use tint base by adding tinting colorants only: maximum 3 fluid ounces per quart, and 12 fluid ounces per gallon.
How To / Videos
Proof of Performance: ASTM Testing
- ASTM D 16 – Standard Terminology for Paint, Related Coatings, Materials and Applications.
Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Sand with #120 or #150 grit sandpaper until the surface feels smooth.* Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth or a cloth dampened with paint thinner.*
Grained or Painted Surfaces
Remove all dirt, oil, wax, polish and grease with turpentine or a suitable solvent. Sand lightly in the direction of the grain to remove gloss.* Wipe away any sanding dust with a tack cloth.
Graining Embossed Surfaces (Fiberglass, Steel or Composite)
Remove the door from its hinges by removing the hinge pins, or you can work with the door mounted. In either case, make sure the surface is clean and dry before beginning.* It is helpful to wipe the surface lightly with a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol or paint thinner to remove dust particles.
Do not thin. Stir ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain thoroughly before and during application. Using a clean lint-free cloth, wipe ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain on evenly in the direction of the grain of the wood. Wipe off excess wood stain using a clean, lint-free cloth. Let the stain dry for 3 to 4 hours. If greater depth of color is desired, apply a second coat of ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain and repeat the drying and buffing steps. Allow 3 hours drying time. Protect your stain by top coating with ZAR® Polyurethane.
Grained or Painted Surfaces
Wipe on ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain with a lint-free cloth, then use a brush, cloth or graining tool to achieve a wood grain effect. Allow ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain to dry for at least 48 hours before applying a protective coat of ZAR® Polyurethane.
Graining Embossed Surfaces (fiberglass, steel or composite)
Stir ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain thoroughly. Using a lint-free cloth, wipe on a light uniform coat. Use a dry, soft-bristled brush to remove any streaks and enhance the wood grained look of the door. If your first coat is too light, wait 48 hours and wipe on a second coat. As with the first coat, remove any streaks with a dry, soft-bristled brush. Do not sand between coats. Sanding can damage the fiberglass surface. After allowing the stain to dry for 48 hours, complete the job by applying your choice of ZAR® Polyurethane.
For the exterior side of doors exposed to prolonged or extreme sunlight, apply ZAR® Exterior Water Base Poly High Performance. For doors protected by overhangs and porches, and for the inside of doors, apply a ZAR® Interior Polyurethane of your choice. Use a quality, natural bristle brush or a ZAR® Polyurethane spray can. If using a brush, apply a thin coat of ZAR® Polyurethane in the direction of the grain. If using ZAR® Polyurethane Spray, apply a thin, even coat. Apply a second coat, if needed, after 12 hours. Allow 24 hours drying time before rehanging the door.
Steel Door Instructions
Create a wood grain effect on steel doors with ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain and the ZAR® Wood Graining Tool. Before you begin to grain your door, practice on a painted metal or painted wood surface until you feel comfortable with the graining tool. When you begin to grain your door, wipe a thin, uniform coat of ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain on the surface and let it stand for about 15 minutes.
Beginning at the top of the surface to be grained, draw the graining tool down, moving it at a constant speed. While drawing the graining tool, use a rocking motion to create a natural heartwood appearance. Do not allow the grooves of the graining tool to flood with stain. If you are not satisfied with your results, wipe off what you have applied using a cloth dampened with mineral spirits and start over. After allowing at least 48 hours drying time, apply a thin, uniform coat of ZAR® Interior Oil Base Stain over the newly grained surface in the direction of the grain. The darkness of the finish depends on the amount of stain applied. Allow this coat to dry thoroughly for at least 48 hours.
Apply the ZAR® Polyurethane of your choice. For the exterior side of doors exposed to prolonged or extreme sunlight, apply ZAR® Exterior Water Base Poly High Performance. For doors protected by overhangs or porches, and for the inside of doors, apply the ZAR® Interior Polyurethane of your choice. Allow the clear finish to dry for 24 hours before putting the door into service.
Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused contents in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
USAGE STATEMENT: Prior to use, carefully read the product label and follow the directions. For technical information, warnings, cautions, notices, and additional information, download and read the documentation available on this website.
* WARNING: If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or visit www.epa.gov/lead.