Reactive stains ‘react’ with Tannic acid in wood and in so doing, alter the color of the cell structure. These colorants are unlike dyes which add pigment or minute particles of a particular color to the wood surface.
Observing these photo’s it is obvious that different species react very differently to identical colorants… American does not look at all like Baltic for example with otherwise equal finishing.
All trees have differing chemistry and levels of Tannic acid, indeed variations occur even within a single board. Reactive stains produce colors which vary naturally and it is possible through layering, to create some truly unique “aged” looking floors. What makes them attractive is this uniquely varied look, and the fidelity of the wood which is uncluttered by particulates that one would find in stains and dyes.
The use of reactive stains enhance the variations particularly between sapwood (the bright outer layer of a tree, low in tannic acid) and heartwood (the mature core of the tree where tannic acid is much higher in concentration). Reactive stains produce a uniquely natural appearance that are unlike pigmented stains or dyes which tend to mask or mute the natural color variations present (particularly in various white oak species).
Variations are unique within every board and for many, this is both desirable and a thing of beauty.
A word about finishes, we’re often astonished by the amazing difference one can witness depending on finish alone. This is visible more on pure Reactive colours than conventional stains, but any stain colour will look very different for example between Hardwax Oil and UV Polyurethane or Acrylic polymer. It’s not possible to switch finish and maintain colour tone. Each must be developed from different stains to resemble one another.
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