We use environmentally friendly water based stains. Stain is a semi-transparent coverage available for our wood products. Because wood is a natural product, when stained, all grain patterns in the wood will still be apparent. In many cases adding a stain to a wood will enhance the color variations of the wood, or the grain patterns. It is important to note that this is not a defect in the wood, but an attribute enhanced through the staining process.
Why choose water-based stains? There are so many but very simple reasons to do it. First off, water-based stains are the most environmentally-safe and friendly ones you can use for your wine cellar. The actual finish is suspended in the water, not "thinned" by it, which allows it to dry quickly and have limited VOCs. Some VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic and pose dangers to your health, the health of our planet, and the health of your wine as well. Second, by switching to water-based stains, exposure to VOCs is greatly minimized, as well as to fire hazards. Keep in mind that water based products are more UV resistant than solvent products that will get hazy and lose their color clarity. Third, they are also odor-free! So using them in your project assures you of a clean and green wine cellar with a richer and more elegant finish to boot.
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