ZAR® Interior Wood Stain

ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain

ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain wipes on as easily as furniture polish to stain and seal in one quick, easy application. Formulated with “controlled penetration”, this product helps ensure a uniform color tone without unsightly streaks or lap marks. It can be used on surfaces that have been previously painted or varnished, without stripping, to achieve a gorgeous wood grain effect. ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain can also be used on non-porous, non-wood surfaces for decorative faux finishing and color toning.

ZAR® Interior Wood Stain Application

Quick Overview

ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain is a versatile, full-bodied stain that can be applied to all varieties of wood.

  • Superior coverage
  • Included in MPI Category #90

Product Features:

  • 20 Ready-mixed colors with a tint base for custom coloring
  • Sizes: half pint, quart, gallon, low VOC gallon
  • Coverage: 3,200 square feet per gallon
  • 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

Surfaces

  • Wood
  • Simulated wood
  • Plastic
  • Fiberglass
  • Masonite®
  • MDF
  • Metal

Ready-Mixed Colors

Merlot Merlot
Modern Walnut Modern Walnut
Moorish Teak Moorish Teak
Amber Varnish Amber Varnish
Salem Maple Salem Maple
Cherry Cherry
Rosewood Rosewood
Spanish Oak Spanish Oak
Walnut Walnut
Honey Maple Honey Maple
Chestnut Chestnut
Black Onyx Black Onyx
Fruitwood Fruitwood
Dark Mahogany Dark Mahogany
Golden Oak Golden Oak
Mocha Mocha
Teak Natural Teak Natural
Early American Early American
Coastal Boards Coastal Boards
Provincial Provincial
Silk Gray Silk Gray
Slate Gray Slate Gray

Please note, colors are RGB web approximations of the actual shades.

How To / Videos

How to make a Metal Door look like Wood with ZAR® Wood Stain

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Downloads

ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain Color Card

BROCHURE PDF

ZAR® Wood Finishing Project Guide

BROCHURE PDF

ZAR® Hardwood Floors Finishing and Refinishing Guide

BROCHURE PDF
DATA SHEET PDF
SDS SHEET PDF
LOW VOC SDS SHEET PDF

Tinting

Use tint base by adding tinting colorants only: maximum 3 fluid ounces per quart, and 12 fluid ounces per gallon.

Preparation

New Wood
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.

Application

Do not thin. Stir ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain thoroughly before and during application. Using a clean lint-free cloth, wipe ZAR® Interior Wood 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 Wood 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® Oil-Based Interior Wood Stain with a lint-free cloth, then use a brush, cloth or graining tool to achieve a wood grain effect. Allow ZAR® Oil-Based Interior Wood 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® Oil-Based Interior Wood 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-Based Polyurethane. 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® Oil-Based Interior Wood 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® Oil-Based Interior Wood 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® Oil-Based Interior Wood 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-Based Polyurethane. 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.

Disposal

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.