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#1 posted 07-18-2012 11:49 PM

A stain is what puts the color on a piece of wood. They come in many forms (water based, oil based, penetrating, wipe on, etc, etc). All behave somewhat differently, but only provide a color.

Finish is applied to protect the stain. Finishes can include oil based, water based, lacquer, shellac, etc. In addition to protecting the stain, they can add “shine” ranging from high gloss down to eggshell. Water based finishes usually dry clear without changing the overall color of the stained wood. Other finishes can add a slight tint (often yellow).

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