5 Stars By AF on 2017-03-01
Much better than I expected - and the small bottle goes a LONG way
This stuff is GREAT!!! I used it to stain a bunch of handmade couch legs black and thought I "might" have enough for that and only bought one because of the price, kept my fingers crossed and ... well, I had a lot left so I also stained a custom wooden box and I still have more left over. I definitely got my bang for the buck with this. The coverage is very nice too, most places only took one coat and a few took 2 light ones on bare, raw wood. Noce black and feels like it will last well once dried. Highly recommend.
FYI: I wore plastic gloves to apply this, but even so I ended up with some on my desktop and arm. A little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel took care of both quickly.
5 Stars By VWBugGeek on 2017-11-21
Easy to apply, great price, and no toxic smells
Floor repair guys wanted $400 to stain a small repaired area because they would not be able to match the color of the old flooring that we inherited with the house and would have to experiment with stains. Since we would not be able to get an exact match anyway, we decided to save that money and do it ourselves. I wanted a stain without toxic VOCs, which is hard to find in the local stores, so I took a chance and ordered this online. My luck was great! It's a very close match to our old oak floors, is easy to apply, and has no toxic smell. I'm so glad I bought it! We saved a lot of money by purchasing a single bottle and we have stain left over.
5 Stars By Anatole on 2016-11-08
I read that it was best to use a water based stain
This worked exactly the way I wanted it to. I applied 1 coat of this, with a rag, to a sheet of MDF board.
I was making 2 computer desks out of MDF and the plan was to give it an epoxy finish. I read that it was best to use a water based stain, since I wanted to give a black background. After applying 1 coat, I was pretty happy with it. it was not 100% black, but more like 95% which was about what I wanted. And the epoxy adhered perfectly.
I did get some on my skin, but it just washes off.
I still have plenty left in the bottle for more projects.
Side note: Be careful about it splashing on to your cloths, as it is not thick and will splash if you are not careful.
5 Stars By Lady whitecrow on 2016-04-12
and this is by far the best. It spreads evenly with no overlap marks and ...
I wish they consolidated all the colors so I don't have to do multiple reviews, but they don't and I've bought many, many different colors. On the rest of the colors I haven't reviewed already, I'm going to just leave a 5 star review, but once again I digress. This brand is the only brand of stain I use and the only one I will ever use . I have tried many different brands, and this is by far the best. It spreads evenly with no overlap marks and dries quickly. I do recommend that you wipe off excess stain otherwise you won't get the eveness most of us try to achieve. It's water based and soooo easy to clean up. I highly recommend this product. Arrived on time
4 Stars By Metalhead on 2017-10-29
Would be great to have description of actual color/color variations as this wasn't what I expected.
When I received it, I dabbed a bit on a sample piece of wood and it has far too much red. I know they say color can vary with different woods, but it's far too light and red for my usage. When I first applied it, while damp, my first thought was barn red. Then it dried to a lighter shade, but still too red. Didn't remotely resemble the square on the bottle on the website. I wish that manufacturers and sellers would give folks a vivid description of the color/variations folks can expect. Also, perhaps name the stains something that folks typically see and can relate to. All that being said, it appears to be a quality product and if I was looking for this particular color, it would be a great product to use. I think I'll try finding a cheap color match locally and then inquire as to what Saman stain would most closely match it prior to ordering again. Once that's determined, I think I'd like to give Saman another try.
4 Stars By atagany on 2017-09-30
I've been considering to try this, but I hesitated because I saw some negative reviews of this product. But this is the only one wood stain I can find that doesn't emit toxic odor and water base. I am working on wood in a small 1br apartment, so that it is crucial the ease of use and no smell. I used to use vinegar + steel wool, but the smell was horrible.
My honest review is that this is wonderful. It doesn't smell, I can wash brush with water, and easy to spread out the tint evenly on wood. I will definitely use again. The color look natural, too.
3 Stars By C. Heness on 2018-04-06
read the directions and had a terrible time applying it on stripped oak
I found this product disappointing. I watched online videos, read the directions and had a terrible time applying it on stripped oak. Finally, I sealed it (I liked their sealer) after stripping and sanding again, since it was so blotchy. Once the sealer was dried, the stain applied smoothly and I was finally able to get the look I wanted. For the price, I expected a better product. Eventually, I did get the look I wanted, but, have never had this problem before with other pieces. I wouldn't purchase it again.
5 Stars By Robert Rice on 2016-01-15
Great stuff. stains the wood but keeps the Character
Great stuff. stains the wood but keeps the Character. I have been using penetrating stain for years. Wish I knew about this 15 years ago. Could have saved a lot of work. Only caution - don't use steel wool. It rusts... VERY easy to use - doesn't go as far as penetrating stain.
5 Stars By Amy Lindsley on 2016-08-09
Beautiful turquoise stain
The color is a rich turquoise. I made a coffee table. I used one coat, but it was on pine so it really sucked it up. It highlighted the knots & impressions in the wood. Which I love that look so just what I was looking for. I then put on 3 coats of polyurethane water base to shine it up.
5 Stars By Lady whitecrow on 2016-03-11
I absolutely love this brand of stain
I absolutely love this brand of stain. It's easy to apply with no overlap marks at all. Dries quickly and evenly. I will continue to purchase their stains. I've purchased several different colors and each one has been perfect. I love the fact that it's water based and safe for the environment. Cleanup is a breeze. Arrived on time.