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What information is available on an Old Masters stain color chart?

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Swatches and names of colors are found on Old Masters Color Compass, as are instructions and suggestions for achieving a desired, custom color. There are 21 standard shades of Old Masters stain in the categories of "Deep Reds," "Classic" and "Santa Fe."

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After choosing a stain from the Color Compass, further details are provided in "Why We Love It," "Species" and "Inspiration." Information given in "Why We Love It" gives a more in-depth description of the color and explains how each color is used, why it is a desirable color and with what household colors and surroundings it works best. "Species" shows how each shade looks on different species of wood, including maple, oak, pine, poplar and birch, while also showing how the shades adapt to fiberglass. "Inspiration" provides project ideas, instructions and suggested product lists.

Old Masters stains are available in several different consistencies, including wiping stains, penetrating stains, gel stains and water-based stains. Each specific consistency of stain lists instructions on how to prepare wood for it, which type should be used to achieve particular results and how to care for the wood when finishing is complete. The site also offers instructions on how to customize shades of stains.

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