Unless price and time are no object, you should probably consider what
is locally available, and seasoned. Maybe buy a piece and stain it, and
assess the results, before you trim-out the entire house. Maybe you can
find "window trim" at your favorite big-box store? Do you already have a
On 9/22/2012 12:19 PM, email@example.com wrote:
You left out the most important element for getting a useful answer ...
interior, or exterior?
Chances are you are speaking of interior window trim, and that would
depend upon the decor and stain color you are contemplating.
Basically, and as an example only, if you are using a walnut colored
stain, you may be better simply using walnut wood trim to start off with
... same goes for most "wood colored stains", use the actual wood,
instead of a substitute, for the best results.
Many woods that are commonly used to trim interior windows are
considered "paint grade" and do not stain well with most colors of stain
(usually a darker, gel type stain, works best for these). An example of
that would be poplar.
Red oak, commonly available, will take just about any kind of stain and
would probably be your best bet in the US. White oak, in the off chance
it is for exterior application, will also stain well.
Mahogany trim is also relatively common/available and takes most color
of stains well.
Maple and alder, are prone to blotching, and generally do not stain well
without some experience and experienced prep.
Cherry ... is against the law to stain.
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