IS stain strictly for tint and shades?

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Old 06-15-12, 01:36 PM
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IS stain strictly for tint and shades?

I always thought stain goes into the wood as a sealer much like a primer in paints, which helps limit the amount of finish (varnish or polys which ever you decide?)
IF not whats the purpose of sanding sealer? why not just go bare wood?
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This is in ref to an oak floor I am stripping for a client.
PS I also feel a light coat of stain would help hide some of the blemishes in the woods! its a two gallon (@ $30/gal each decision!) plus the labor
 
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Old 06-15-12, 01:42 PM
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Stain colors the wood. It seals it a little but it takes the 1st coat of sanding sealer or poly to seal it well enough that a little water or dirt can be repelled. Normally it takes 3 coats of poly [or 1 sanding sealer, 2 varnish] to give a good finish. The stain doesn't affect the finishing much other than coloring the wood.

Sometimes stain will help to minimize the look of bad spots in the wood but other times it will highlight them. Tough call to make sight unseen.... and sometimes even if your on the job
 
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