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Colours and Opacities

Choosing Opacity

Stains containing more pigment can hide a multitude of problems. As a
certified stain expert, you’ll be able to recommend the right degree of opacity
to your customer based upon the condition of the wood

Degrees of Opacity

  • natural/translucent

    Allows the full beauty of the wood to show through

  • transparent

    Tints the wood with colour, allowing the grain and texture of the wood to show through

  • semi transparent

    Enhances the beauty of the wood with colour, while allowing some of the grain and texture to show through

  • semi solid

    Colours the wood while allowing some of the grain and texture to show through

  • solid

    Opaque colour masks the grain but allows the texture of the wood to show through

Choosing Colour

Natural/translucent and transparent stains are available in 6 colours: natural, redwood, teak, cedar, mahogany and silver gray.

Semi transparent and semi solid stains are available in 75 colours.

Solid stains can be custom tinted with any Benjamin Moore colour, giving you unlimited creative possibilities.


See our 75 colours for semi transparent and semi solid stains. »

Request a Colour Sample

Wood's natural colour and grain pattern greatly affect how the colour will look. Always test your selected colour on your surface. Benjamin Moore offers 458 ml samples of stain colours. Visit your local Benjamin Moore retailer to buy one.

request a FREE sample
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