What Are Some Paints That Look Like Stains?

What Are Some Paints That Look Like Stains?

Gel stain is one paint option that looks like wood stain. Another is glaze mixed with tint to produce a wood-like color. Both options are applied with certain techniques to produce a stain-like finish rather than looking like a painted surface.

To use gel stain, apply a coat of low-lustre latex enamel to the surface and then apply the gel stain over the enamel. Create a wood grain effect with a wood grain rocker tool. Wipe the tool clean when needed. Then, apply polyurethane after the gel and enamel are dry.

To use glaze, apply acrylic paint in a light wood tone to the glaze with one part of paint to six parts of varnish. Varnish the surface with a flat or very low lustre varnish, and then apply the glaze mixture in dabs all over the surface. Use a cheesecloth to swipe the glaze in a wood grain pattern. Follow the light glaze with a darker wood color glaze with a 1:1 paint to glaze ratio to create a multi-tonal effect. Seal the finish with a wood sealer.