Wood Frame Mouldings: Stains VS Resins

Today, we want to discuss the difference between stains and resins when talking about wood picture frame mouldings.

The difference is pretty simple. With stains, the stain is applied to the wood, which soaks into the wood, and then a clear finish is applied. On the other hand, resin is a build up of material on the surface of the frame. Think of it as a type of lacquer that is applied to the frame which then hardens into a hard, shiny finish. Take a look at a cross section of a frame, you will find that the resin coat sits on top of the wood base (as opposed to soaked into it). Because resin is a coating, the frames have a sleeker, more uniform appearance, whereas stained finishes show the natural variations in the woods.  The resin finishes you see in our line of Basics including the 533 series, 316 series and W series are all made with water based resins, and are therefore eco-friendly.

Each type of frame has its own unique applications. Stained woods are great for spaces with a rustic or industrial look. Use resin coated frames in contemporary, chic rooms where the look of wood is desired but a uniform finish is also necessary.

stain vs resin

Have you tried both resin coated and stained wood picture frames for your DIY framing project? We’d love to know if you can tell a difference or which you prefer to use in the spaces that you decorate. Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on social media.

For related information, see our other articles:

Wood Frames – The Beauty of Framing with Wood
Infinity and Beyond – An Often Misunderstood But My Favorite Wood Frame
The Beauty of Natural Wood
Bravo: Five New Profiles Add Excitement to this Custom Picture Frame Collection
Reintroducing the Gibraltar Collection: Masculine Design Meets Fine Picture Framing
Restorations Picture Frames with a Rustic Chic Look

AubreyK | 10/8/2014 10:09:42 AM | 2 comments
American Frame
Good point Valerie! Thanks for mentioning that.
10/16/2014 9:42:47 AM

Stained frames are easier to repair. All you need is a marker. If you chip a resin, its pretty hard to fix.
10/15/2014 10:25:58 AM

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