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Faux Finishing Stains and Paint Thinners

Paint thinners and stains have many uses in faux painting and advanced decorative techniques, which is why Faux Masters Studio carries only the best quality products around. The FX Thinner is great for creating custom stains that can be applied to many surfaces, and the Stain & Seal functions as both a stain and sealant that’s equally versatile.

High-Quality Paint Thinner with Custom Color Options

FX Thinner is a top-quality and water-based paint thinner that’s been specially formulated to have a slow drying time, meaning you get the most control over your projects. The result is a beautiful, smooth, and durable satin finish that will hold up against regular wear and tear for many years.

What’s more, you can even mix faux FX thinner with products like FauxColor or FauxCrème Colors to achieve a custom colored stain that can be rolled, brushed, or sprayed onto a variety of surfaces, including:

  • Cabinets
  • Trim
  • Raw wood
  • Ceilings
  • Concrete

FX Thinner Application Procedure and Tips for Achieving the Best Results

The FX Thinner faux wood stain works best in areas with medium traffic, but the product can also be used as a clear coat or glaze. For higher traffic areas and a more durable finish, you can also apply a final finishing material, such as ColorSeal or AquaThane, after FX Thinner. For the ultimate finish, always start with a clean and lightly sanded surface.

To apply FX Thinner, start by combining the thinner with a small amount of your desired color and mix well to combine. Apply an even coat of the mixture, wipe off excess, and allow the stain to dry completely. When the first coat has dried, you can apply subsequent coats, but allow for thorough drying time between coats. For the best results, you can build intensity and depth of color by applying multiple thin coats. You can also further customize the stain by applying coats that have been mixed with different colors.

A Stain and Sealant in One Convenient Product

When you want the best faux stain sealer, Stain & Seal is the ultimate product. Not only does it act as both a stain and a sealant, but the unique formulation also guarantees a level of clarity and richness of color that’s unmatched by other products. The matte-drying product is ideal for walls, ceilings, cabinets, wood, and other surfaces, and it can be used as a stain, as a toner for existing finishes, in stenciling, to produce inlay effects, or in the creation of faux marquetry.

Stain & Seal is available in nearly 25 beautiful colors, including:

  • Walnut and mahogany
  • Cherry and peach
  • Bronze, copper, and gold
  • Turquoise
  • Metallic red and old barn red
  • Oak, pine, and antique pine

Stain & Seal Tips and Application Techniques

To customize the color of Stain & Seal, you can mix it with a FauxCrème Color or FauxColor shade of your choice. Once dry, the finish is great for medium traffic areas and will tolerate normal wear and tear, but because it has a low light resistance, a UV clear coat is recommended for surfaces that will be exposed to sun.

To apply Stain & Seal, start with a clean and lightly sanded surface. Apply a thin layer in even strokes using a brush, roller, or lint-free cloth. Wipe off excess and allow the surface to dry for at least 30 minutes. Apply multiple coats to achieve a deep color finish, and when the final coat is dry, lightly sand the surface.

Both FX Thinner and Stain & Seal both perform well as durable stains for multiple types of surfaces, and they can also be used as a glazing medium. The products are also versatile and easy to use, and you can customize the color by combining either product with FauxCrème Color or FauxColor to achieve the desired shade for your project.