ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain

ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain

ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain is a waterborne, low odor, oil-modified stain that wipes on easily like furniture polish, penetrating evenly to yield a rich, uniform color. ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain brings with it the advantages of both oil-based and latex-based stain: deep rich color and minimal grain raising, as well as easy soap and water cleanup. Core/shell drying technology speeds drying time.

ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain Application
Certified By Green Wise

Quick Overview

Advanced Green Phase Resin Dispersion Technology utilizes environmentally-friendly resins to ensure compliance with all current VOC requirements.

  • No conditioner needed
  • Green Wise® Certified
  • Included in MPI Category #186

Product Features:

  • 6 Ready-mixed colors with a tint base for custom coloring
  • Sizes: quart, gallon
  • Coverage: 400 square feet per qt.
  • Application tools: brush, lint-free cloth, foam applicator
  • Dry time: 3 hours
  • Coats: 1, apply additional coats for a deeper color
  • Recoat time: 2-3 hours


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

Ready-Mixed Colors

Brazilian Cherry Brazilian Cherry
Cayenne Pepper Cayenne Pepper
Espresso Expresso
Ebony Ebony
Jamaican Rum Jamaican Rum
Wheat Wheat

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


ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain Color Card


ZAR® Wood Finishing Project Guide



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


Prepare the wood surface before staining. Strip previously finished surfaces to bare wood.* Fill holes and cracks with ZAR® Wood Patch or a suitable wood filler that does not contain wax or stearates. Sand well using 120-150 grit sandpaper and wipe clean with a tack cloth or microfiber cloth. The surface must be free of dirt, grease, and wax.

Optional: Seal soft open-grained woods or end grain with ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain tint base. For a uniform stain appearance prior to staining bare wood, brush on a thin coat of ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain Tint Base, then wipe off any excess. Immediately apply the stain. To prepare doors before staining, clean all dirt, grease, and wax using paint thinner or mineral spirits. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Stir thoroughly before and during application. Apply liberally using a synthetic bristle brush in the direction of the wood grain. The brush should be saturated with the stain to help ensure controlled penetration of the stain and prevent lap marks. Wipe off excess stain using a clean, lint-free cloth. If a greater depth of color is desired, apply a second coat of ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain and repeat the application, buffing and drying steps.

Grained Embossed Surfaces (fiberglass, steel or Masonite®)
Stir thoroughly before and during application. Work on one section at a time. Do not sand the bare surface. Sanding may damage the door surface. On fiberglass doors, apply using a lint-free cloth in a circular motion (like you would apply shoe polish), working the stain into the embossed grain pattern. Next, use your stain cloth to smooth the stain in the direction of the faux grain.

On Masonite® and steel doors, apply ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain using a synthetic bristle brush. Use a dry, soft-bristle brush to feather out lap marks. Allow it to dry for 24 hours before topcoating.

Steel Door or Painted Surface Instructions Create a wood grain effect on steel doors with ZAR® ULTRA Max 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® ULTRA Max Wood Stain on the surface and let 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 24-48 hours drying time, apply a thin, uniform coat of ZAR® ULTRA Max 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 24-48 hours.

Apply the ZAR® Polyurethane Clear Wood Finish of your choice. For the exterior side of doors exposed to prolonged or extreme sunlight, apply ZAR® Exterior Polyurethane. For doors protected by overhangs and 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.

NOTE: Differences in resin technology may affect application and absorption. Do not intermix ZAR® ULTRA Max Wood Stain with ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain.


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