The real joy of buying wooden furniture is that you get to uplift your home décor by adding natural beauty to it. Modern solutions like steel-based designs or glass panels may add a little sophistication to your place, but a wooden piece brings a whole different charm and elegance. Adding colour to your wooden furniture makes it more aesthetically appealing, enhancing the natural beauty even further. But this only works if the natural beauty of the wood is preserved and not concealed by the colour added to it.
Wooden Stains- Colours that don’t hide the natural beauty of wood
A stain is a combination of coloured dyes and pigments suspended in solvent like alcohol.
Unlike conventional paints, stain gets absorbed into the wooden fibres rather than just coating on it. This way, stain enhances the natural grain of the wooden surface along with adding colour to it. Just like the way pen ink gets absorbed on a piece of paper! Stains don’t conceal the natural beauty of wood and even more, they help in protecting the wood from environmental damages.
Stains for Fibre-cement boards
Fibre cement boards are a great low-cost alternative for wooden pieces. It is made by reinforcing natural fibres with cement. This makes it a strong and long-lasting material for any decorative or functional application like false ceiling boards. EcoPro is one of the leading manufacturers of customized fibre cement boards, offering high quality products for a variety of applications.
Advantages of using EcoPro fibre-cement:
- Increased longevity (compared to regular décor material)
- Termite and water resistant
- Cheaper than wood
- Fire resistance
- Sound-absorbing panels
EcoPro boards are manufactured from a homogeneous mixture of cement, pozolana, superior grade of cellulose fibre and binders of a siliceous base. Therefore, stains work perfectly on fibre cement boards, making them the most superior alternative for wooden boards, wooden furniture and wooden décor, as they offer the strength of cement and the perfect elegance of wood.
Benefits of using stains on wooden or Fibre-cement boards:
Wooden or fibre cement boards are used for a variety of applications like fencing, partition wall and outdoor decks, apart from decorative purposes. Stains offer a multitude of benefits over conventional paint, as it helps in both protecting the board from environmental harms and enhancing its aesthetic appeal.
Here are the benefits of using stains:
- Protection against rotting
- Protection from sunlight or moisture
- 100% Eco-friendly
- No toxic smells
- Does not chip off like paint (For long periods)
- Does not require primer to be applied before
- Enhances the natural appeal of wood rather than concealing it
- Cheaper and easier to apply than paint
Different types of stains
Apart from the various shades and colours, there are various types of stains available in the market. These stains work differently on surfaces and provide a different colouring as well.
- Oil-based stains:These are the most commonly used stains as they are made using linseed oil as the binder, which is easy to apply and dry off. These are commonly used for false ceiling for hall, fences or decks made from fibre-cement boards.
- Varnish stains:
Varnish stains are similar to oil stains in application but use a varnish as a binder. They are much easy to dry off than oil stains as there is no need to remove any excess coating.
- Water-based stains:
These stains use water as the binder instead of any organic compounds or thinner. Due to this, water-bases stains cause less pollution, irritation and are much easier to clean up.
- Gel stains:
Gel stains are very thick in appearance as compared to other stains and are oil-based in nature. Even though they are messy to handle, gel stains eliminate the problem of blotching (uneven density of colour throughout the surface), which is very common while applying colour to wooden surfaces.
- Lacquer stains:
These stains are the most fast-acting stains of all as it dries off in about 15 minutes. Lacquer stains use oil or varnish as a binder, and are added to lacquer to make a toner for adjusting the colour between coats of finishes.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly low-cost alternative to wooden solutions for your outdoor or indoor applications like exterior wall cladding, false ceilings or partition walls, you check out EcoPro’s fibre-cement products. These products come in both conventional paint and stain finishes.