What is the difference between Paints and Stains?

The most obvious difference is the thickness; stains are much thinner than paints. Stains require minimal surface preparation and they are easy to apply and recoat. Stains get soaked into the surface, usually wood or concrete, and provide a more natural look, while paints sit on top of the surface creating a film that covers the surface.


Paints are more expensive than stains, they provide uniformity of color, and the surface to be painted should be primed before painting. Paints also come in a broad range of sheens and colors. Check out our Picking the Right Finish page for more information about the different levels of sheen.

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