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Resene Colorwood

Resene Colorwood is an interior wood stain designed to colour timber, while still allowing the natural grain of the timber to show through. It is the perfect way to add colour to timber without losing its natural beauty.

All colours can be intermixed, allowing you to create your own colours.

Resene Colorwood Interior Wood Stains

Interior wood stains
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The finished colour is influenced by the timber colour itself, the denseness of the timber and the length of time the stain is left before the excess is wiped off. Always test Resene Colorwood on a small off-cut of timber to ensure the desired colour is being achieved. Strong colours may be difficult to achieve on hardwood and heart timbers due to lack of penetration. If the selected colour is too strong, reduce with Resene Colorwood Reducing Base.

Resene Colorwood is easy to apply by brush or rag. For best results, wipe excess Resene Colorwood off with a dry, absorbent, lint free cloth, rubbing along the grain. This also ensures maximum adhesion of topcoats.

Overcoating is recommended to ensure the timber is protected and to maximise the longevity of the finish. Resene Colorwood is easily overcoated with Resene Aquaclear, Resene Qristal Polyurethanes or Resene Polythane.

Being waterbased, Resene Colorwood is fast drying with low VOCs and is easily cleaned up in water.

Resene Colorwood may also be tinted to all colours from the Exterior stains (Woodsman) colour chart - view online | view PDF. Once you have viewed the colours find out more about using Resene Colorwood or view the Resene Colorwood brochure (PDF).

Resene Colorwood

Resene Pitch Black sample
Resene Pitch Black WD
Resene Crowshead sample
Resene Crowshead WD
Resene Dark Ebony sample
Resene Dark Ebony WD
Resene Touch Wood sample
Resene Touch Wood WD
Resene English Walnut sample
Resene English Walnut WD
Resene Deep Oak sample
Resene Deep Oak WD
Resene Bark sample
Resene Bark WD
Resene Ironbark sample
Resene Ironbark WD
Resene Mahogany sample
Resene Mahogany WD
Resene Deep Oak sample
Resene Dark Oak WD
Resene Meranti sample
Resene Meranti WD
Resene Matai sample
Resene Matai WD
Resene Dark Rimu sample
Resene Dark Rimu WD
Resene Walnut sample
Resene Walnut WD
Resene Teak sample
Resene Teak WD
Resene Oregon sample
Resene Oregon WD
Resene Japanese Maple sample
Resene Japanese Maple WD
Resene Western Red Cedar sample
Resene Western Red Cedar WD
Resene Red Beech sample
Resene Red Beech WD
Resene Cherrywood sample
Resene Cherrywood WD
Resene Natural on Pine sample
Resene Natural on Pine WD
Resene Natural - on Cedar sample
Resene Natural on Cedar
Resene Rock Salt on Pine sample
Resene Rock Salt on Pine
Resene Rock Salt on Cedar sample
Resene Rock Salt on Cedar
Resene Apollo Blue sample
Resene Apollo Blue
Resene Desert Yellow sample
Resene Desert Yellow
Resene Emerald Green sample
Resene Emerald Green
Resene Red Pepper sample
Resene Red Pepper
Resene Deep Purple sample
Resene Deep Purple
Resene Satin Orange sample
Resene Satin Orange
Resene Jarrah on jarrah
Resene Jarrah on Jarrah WD
Resene Whitewash on pine
Resene Whitewash on Pine
Resene Light Greywash sample
Resene Light Greywash
Resene Mid Greywash sample
Resene Mid Greywash

You can also apply Resene Colorwood Greywash over tinted Resene Colorwood stain to achieve other Greywash effects. For example:

Light Greywash effect over Resene Crowshead - sample
Resene Colorwood Greywash –
Light Greywash over Resene Crowshead stain
Mid Greywash effect over Resene Crowshead - sample
Resene Colorwood Greywash –
Mid Greywash over Resene Crowshead stain
Light Greywash effect over Resene Pitch Black - sample
Resene Colorwood Greywash –
Light Greywash over Resene Pitch Black stain
Mid Greywash effect over Resene Pitch Black - sample
Resene Colorwood Greywash –
Mid Greywash over Resene Pitch Black stain
Resene Be Easy  sample
Resene Breathe Easy
Resene Becalm sample
Resene Becalm
Resene Bask  sample
Resene Bask
Resene Shade  sample
Resene Shade
Resene Rising Tide sample
Resene Rising Tide
Resene Shore Thing  sample
Resene Shore Thing
Resene Colour Enhance Jarrah sample
Resene Jarrah
Resene Colour Enhance Black sample
Resene Black
Resene Colour Enhance Red Brown sample
Resene Red Brown
Resene Colour Enhance White sample
Resene White
Resene Colour Enhance Walnut sample
Resene Walnut
Resene Colour Enhance Japan Black sample
Resene Japan Black (coming soon)

Colours as close as printing process allows. The final colour and finish will be influenced by the application method and product and will appear different on different timbers – always test your colour on a timber off-cut before starting the main project. Samples are shown on pine unless another timber type is stated.

WD = All colours marked with ‘WD’ are also available for exterior use in Resene Waterborne Woodsman.


Applying Resene Colorwood - step 2
Step two

Ensure the stain is evenly applied - step 3
Step three

Applying Resene Aquaclear or Resene Qristal Clear Polyurethane - step 4
Step four

MDF and Particle Board(s)

Composite boards - particularly Strandboard can be enhanced by applying Resene Colorwood. They can be very absorbent, taking up the Resene Colorwood stain too quickly and making it hard to apply and achieve an even finish.

Dampening the surface by spraying a light mist of clean water onto the surface will reduce the absorbency of the board.

The lambswool deck pad can also be used to apply the Resene Colorwoodstain and is ideal for flooring.

Before staining, we recommend the following surface preparation:

Application (one colour):

Application (two tone effects):

Depending on the desired finish the second coat can be applied in a number of ways:

Suggestion 1:

Suggestion 2:

Suggestion 3:

Suggestion 4:

Many effects can be produced using Resene Colorwood

Some additional ideas for two tone effects you may like to experiment with are:

Two popular traditional stained effects you may wish to try are distressing and pickling:

Application of clear topcoats:

Leave Resene Colorwood to dry for at least 24 hours before overcoating with Resene Qristal Polyurethanes and 48 hours if overcoating with Resene Aquaclear or Resene Polythane. Resene Polythane is the recommended topcoat for floors for maximum durability.

Please note that once a polyurethane sealer has dried the wood surface is sealed and will not absorb any more stain.

Resene Woodcare range

The Resene Woodcare range has everything you need for interior and exterior staining and clear finishing projects. The Resene Woodcare stand showcases the range of finishes and colours and further information is also available on the Resene Exterior Woodcare colour chart and the Resene website. View the how to videos online.

  Resene Colorwood Resene
Colour Enhance
Colorwood Whitewash
Resene Aquaclear
- Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin
Qristal Clear - PolyFlat, PolySatin, PolyGloss
Resene Qristal Clear
HD PolySatin
Resene Polythane
Timber walls Yes* Yes** Yes Yes     Yes Yes  
Veneers Yes* Yes** Yes Yes     Yes Yes  
Timber furniture, decks Yes* Yes** Yes Yes     Yes Yes  
Trims and joinery Yes* Yes** Yes Yes     Yes Yes  
Doors Yes* Yes** Yes Yes     Yes Yes  
Timber flooring Yes* Yes** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cork flooring Yes* Yes** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Work floors - heavy duty finish Yes*   Yes     Yes     Yes
Wooden children's toys Yes* Yes** Yes Yes Yes        

Please note: If you cannot see the full chart, please scroll to the right.

* Must be overcoated
** Mixed into appropriate clear waterborne timber finish

Resene Aquaclear

Resene Aquaclear

Resene Aquaclear is a waterborne varnish, it is fast drying and easy to use. It will not yellow with age (unlike most solventborne varnishes) so is ideal for light coloured timber and composite boards. Available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss finishes.

Resene Qristal Polyurethane

Resene Qristal Polyurethanes

Resene Qristal Polyurethanes are popular solventborne varnishes. They add depth and vibrancy to hardwoods and dark timbers. Available in Resene Qristal Poly-Gloss: a high gloss (wet look) finish that will give added intensity to the colour; Resene Qristal Poly-Satin: a medium vibrancy, more natural finish with less effect on the stain colour and Resene Qristal Clear Poly-Flat: a natural flat finish that mimics a waxed surface and is the ideal finish for recycled, aged or imperfect timbers. Where a harder wearing surface is required, use Resene Polythane. Resene Qristal Clear Poly-Flat has a natural finish that mimics a waxed surface. The Resene Qristal Clear polyurethanes are ideal for use over Resene Danska Teak Oil.

Resene Qristal ClearFloor

Resene Qristal ClearFloor

Resene Qristal ClearFloor is a premium floor finish available in a two pack product (2K) in satin and gloss and a single pack (1K) in satin. It is waterborne, durable and hardwearing. Resene Qristal ClearFloor 1K is designed for general flooring use with low to medium foot traffic and Resene Qristal ClearFloor 2K is recommended for commercial and high traffic areas. It has minimal odour compared to traditional flooring finishes.

Resene Polythane

Resene Polythane

Resene Polythane is a single pack moisture cured polyurethane clear gloss finish for floors and hardwearing surfaces. It is recommended as a topcoat on dark or timber coloured stains as it may yellow over time, which can enhance timber coloured stains.

Resene Danska Teak Oil

Resene Danska Teak Oil

Resene Danska Teak Oil is a traditional highly refined oil designed to enhance the grain of hardwoods including teak, rimu and beech. Typically either brush applied or wiped on with a clean cloth, it needs to be overcoated and looks best when used under Resene Qristal Clear polyurethanes.

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Resene Colorwood Whitewash isn’t absorbed into timber or composite board like Resene Colorwood but as the name implies is a wash of white over uncoated timber and composite boards, such as particle board – lightening and enhancing the surface. It can be applied over aged, yellowed polyurethanes and varnishes for a contemporary whitewashed look, without the need to strip the existing polyurethane coating. Resene Colorwood Whitewash may be overcoated with Resene Aquaclear or Resene Qristal ClearFloor and is ideal for achieving blonded, French-wash or whitewashed effects. It is best applied by brush or speedbrush.

Resene Whitewash on pine
Whtiewash™ on Pine

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Resene Colorwood Greywash

Resene Colorwood Greywash is a greyed off version of Resene Colorwood Whitewash and can be used to create a greywashed effect over interior timber. Available in two standard colours, it can also be applied over tinted Resene Colorwood stain for a wider range of greywash effects.

Resene Whitewash on pine
Light Greywash™ on Pine / Mid Greywash™ on Pine

Resene Colour Enhance

Resene Colour Enhance is designed to be added to waterborne clears - Resene Aquaclear and Resene Qristal ClearFloor 1K - and will subtly colour the clear finish. It is available in three timber tones as well as black and white and is best applied by brush or speedbrush, layering the colour up in multiple coats. Resene Colour Enhance helps even out the appearance of similarly toned stains, deepening the underlying colour and helping eliminate any patchiness. It is ideal for restoring the colour of timber without the need to strip previously applied clear finishes.

Resene Colour Enhance cannot be used with solventborne clears.


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