Iconic Timber Floor Sanding’s direct-dye staining method is a premium process to change or strengthen already existing colour tones of your timber floor. This effect, alongside colouring the timber, can enhance the grain and heighten its contrast with the rest of the timber. A dark toned floor is normally perceived as sophisticated, contrasty and most importantly- dramatic. The dramatic tones which contrast against light furniture/ walls create an artistic interior. Suitable for wide spacious areas with curated view lines.
To ensure quality and the best possible results- we apply stains directly to unsealed timber. Never mixing with varnish or apply on top of varnished timber.
There are many different types of wood stains available on the market-
- Pigment stains (turpentine base)
- Fade resistant stain (spirit base)
- Water based
- Oil modified/ oil based
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What is Tinting?
Tinting is a cheaper, easier but ineffective technique when it comes to staining timber.Tinting involves mixing stains with a varnish and then being applied on top of already existing varnish coating.The tint and varnish mixture will remain in between the layers of the varnish instead of staining the timber directly. Whenever the varnish peels or scratches, so does the tint creating a noticeable different between the damage and the tinted colors around it.
What is the Direct Dye Method?
However, the service we provide at Iconic Timber Floor Sanding uses direct staining method as it removes the top varnish to apply the stain directly into the timber. With the chosen colour stained into the timber, we apply a clear finish on top. The staining materials are carefully chosen to not impact the adhesive strength of the topcoat; so even if the top coat is scratched it does not reveal a colour difference in the timber.Direct staining is not easy and for a near-perfect finish a high level of technique and proficient is required. We would require asking us for further details on this procedure.