8 Best Wood Stains for Front Door [2022 ]

Do you have wood to treat or refurbish? So the first step is to get a good impregnating varnish. In our buying guide you will find all the useful information to identify the product that best suits your needs.

If, on the other hand, you are already familiar with this type of product, then you can directly choose one of those that are in the most requested ranking on the market, ordered according to the quality-price ratio and the success achieved with buyers.

The latter especially appreciated Veleca Xiloval , for the excellent performance and reliability of the brand, and the Ica For You IMG11-0075 impregnator , thanks to the water-based composition that makes it extremely easy to apply.

8 Best Wood Stains for Front Door [2022 ]

The products in our ranking amply demonstrate that quality pays off, despite the slightly higher-than-average cost. In fact, in the first places there are medium-high range products.

Primer for outdoor wood

Ready Seal 512 5-Gallon Pail Natural Cedar Exterior Stain 

The Italian firm Veleca, according to the opinions of professionals in wood varnishing, is one of the most renowned in this specific production sector, and Xiloval is in first place among its most requested products.

Ready Seal 512 5-Gallon Pail Natural Cedar Exterior Stain and Sealer for Wood
  • Requires no primer. Ready Seal is darkest when first applied. It reaches its true color in approximately...
  • May be applied using sprayer, roller or brush onto the woods surface.

In this case it is an impregnating agent for outdoor wood, whose formula has been specially designed for the decorative and protective treatment of wood exposed externally in environments with particular climatic conditions, such as high mountains or the sea. The jar examined contains a liter of Medium Walnut color clear varnish, which enhances the natural grain of the wood and does not require further finishing treatments.

In addition to its decorative function, Xiloval also protects against natural degradation caused by bad weather and mold, fungi and parasites; compared to other similar products it is more expensive but offers a much better yield, and in fact it is one of the best sellers online.


Veleca: The Veleca brand is one of the renowned for the reliability and quality of its products, which are also characterized by an excellent quality-price ratio; Xiloval is an impregnating agent characterized by a high resistance to degradation.

Long- lasting : Xiloval does not flake but is consumed slowly and offers total protection, both from UV rays and from atmospheric and organic agents, in fact it is the ideal product to use in the high mountains or at the sea.

Colors: The Veleca wood stain is available in different colors, but they are all transparent and consequently instead of covering the natural grain of the wood, they further enhance them.


Price: The yield of about 10-12 square meters per liter is average, but this also depends on the number of coats; the cost of the product, in relation to this factor, is medium-high.

2. Ica For You IMG11-0075 water-based impregnating agent for white wood

The Ica For You brand also belongs to an Italian group specialized in the production of special paints for wood; in fact, the product with code IMG11-0075 is an impregnating agent for white wood belonging to the Arborea line of paints, therefore intended for wooden surfaces exposed to the outside.

In comparison to the Xiloval product examined previously, apart from the white color, the Ica For You impregnator also differs in composition, in fact it is water-based and consequently does not require the use of solvents. The jar contains 750 ml of product, which offer a yield of about 10-12 square meters, is odorless and can be applied by brush, spray or sponge, even vertically.

Obviously it protects from bad weather and UV rays, but not from organic agents; after using it, moreover, it is advisable to apply a finishing coat with another specific product, in order to ensure a lasting result.


Water-based: This paint has a water-based formula, so it is easier to dilute and also to apply than products that require the use of chemical solvents.

For outdoors: Arborea is an impregnating agent especially suitable for fences, window frames, doors, balcony shutters, garden furniture and other wooden artefacts located outdoors.

Average yield: The yield is about 10-12 square meters per liter, therefore it falls within the standard average of the other impregnants with which we have compared it in our ranking.


Limited protection: Unfortunately the resistance of this impregnating agent is limited only to atmospheric agents, it is not suitable for protecting wood from mold and fungi.

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Impregnator for indoor wood

3. Marbec Tiroil oil-wax impregnating agent for interior wood

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The performances offered by Tiroil, produced by the Italian company Marbec, make it ideal especially for furniture and parquet made with extremely precious woods with compact and oily essences, such as Teak, Iroko and Walnut.

The main characteristic of Tiroil, in fact, is that of having an oily-waxy consistency that forms a resistant and non-sticky protection, completely devoid of the surface film that usually tends to flake or peel. It is easy to polish, resists over time and can be easily restored without having to subject it to prior sanding.

If you are wondering where to buy a product capable of refurbishing your precious wood parquet, then Tiroil is the best impregnating agent for wood among those intended for this specific application; the only flaw is that, depending on the circumstances, it requires the use of other complementary Marbec products, such as Diluoil, Hiltoner or Biotop.


For precious woods: Tiroil is an impregnating agent recommended above all for those who need to treat very precious woods, and in particular antique furniture and parquet floors made with Walnut, Iroko or Teak.

Oily-waxy: The density and consistency are specially designed to nourish and protect the wood over time, and at the same time form a stain-resistant, water-oil-repellent glossy patina.

Excellent yield: In this respect the numbers are excellent: on the most absorbent woods the yield is about 10-15 square meters per liter, but on those with medium absorbency and the most compact it can reach up to 30 square meters per liter.


Complementary products: Tiroil is an excellent product, but to offer maximum yield it requires the use of complementary Marbec products, to be purchased separately.

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Douglas fir wood stain

4. Veleca Legnosan Douglas water-based impregnating agent for wood

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Legnosan is also a product of the renowned Italian firm Veleca, and specifically it is a Douglas-colored wood impregnator, ideal both for the treatment of the homonymous variety and for other types of wood.

Obviously it is an impregnating agent for external surfaces but, unlike Xilocal, it is water based, therefore it is odorless and does not require the use of chemical solvents. It is especially recommended for the treatment of doors, windows, shutters, fences, beams, attics, sheds, gazebos and any other wooden structure or object exposed to rain and sun; in fact, its specific formulation, in addition to waterproofing the wood, also protects it from ultraviolet rays, mold, fungi and above all parasites.

Furthermore, being odorless, it can also be used indoors without taking special precautions. The only flaw, unfortunately, is the not really cheap cost of the product, especially considering that the jar is 750 ml instead of a liter.


Special protective : The Legnosan line is known above all for its high effectiveness in treating and protecting sick or infested woods, both from fungal spores and from bacteria and parasitic insects.

Odorless: The formula of this impregnator is water based, so it has no odor, spreads and is easily absorbed and also takes less time to dry than impregnants that require the use of solvents.

For exteriors: Apart from organic protection, Legnosa is also able to filter ultraviolet rays and protects against bad weather, so it is ideal for wood surfaces exposed to the sun and water.


Expensive: Legnosan has an average yield, 10-12 m2 per liter, but it is an excellent product and consequently the price is just as high.

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Water-based impregnating agent for wood

5. Zambotto Vernici Water-based waxed impregnating agent for wood

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Although the cost of this water-based wood impregnator may seem high, in reality it can be considered to all intents and purposes a product at low prices; the can, in fact, contains 10 liters of paint with an average value of just over 9 euros per liter.

Apart from the convenience, therefore, the waxed impregnating product from the Zambotto Vernici company is characterized by a formula that in addition to pigments and iron oxides, which guarantee uniformity and light resistance, also contains waxes that give a natural effect and substances that act as a filter against UV-A and UV-B rays, it also protects against organic agents and preserves the wood from mold, fungi and parasites.

The flaw of this product, however, is that to ensure an optimal result it requires the application of two or three coats of water-based waxed finish, also produced by the Zambotto company.


Convenient: The price of a liter of medium quality impregnating agent can reach around 18 euros; this one from Zambotto Vernici, on the other hand, costs just over 9 euros per liter, which makes it very convenient.

Resistant to UV rays: The Zambotto waxed impregnating agent offers advanced protection against ultraviolet rays, in fact its composition contains substances that act as a filter for UV-A and UV-B rays.

Protective: It offers protection both against water and other atmospheric agents and against organic agents, therefore it protects against molds, fungi and parasites.


Finishing: This varnish can also be applied in multiple coats, but in any case it requires the use of another varnish for the finish, so complementary products must be purchased.

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Baldini impregnating agent for wood

6. Baldini Vernici Holz Lack wax impregnating agent for wood

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Baldini wood stain is also a product whose formula is based on natural waxes but, unlike the Zambotto waxed wood stain, this requires chemical solvents for dilution.

It comes in 750ml jars and in different colors, but the one we reviewed is Walnut. The wax ensures a glossy finish on the surfaces, with a velvety sensation to the touch; Holz Lack is also water repellent, it nourishes the wood and over time does not flake but only wears out and in the meantime protects the surfaces from rain and humidity.

Its protective action, however, does not extend to ultraviolet rays, which is why it tends to have a shorter duration than other products if it is applied to wooden surfaces exposed directly to sunlight for most of the day. For this reason, and for the fairly high cost, it ranks only in sixth place.


Water-repellent: The waxy compounds in the Holz Lack impregnating solution spread a glossy water-repellent patina that protects the wood from rain and humidity, while nourishing it at the same time.

Colors: Holz Lack is a basic impregnating agent, therefore it can be colored using the Baldini Technicolor tinting system, which offers a palette with hundreds of shades of colors of all kinds.

Versatile: Although it is recommended above all for outdoor environments, the Holz is also suitable for the wood found inside, especially for furniture and window frames.


Expensive: Unfortunately, even in this case we are faced with a high-cost product, it has excellent characteristics but an average yield: from 8 to 14 square meters per liter.

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Tixe impregnating agent for wood

7. Tixe solvent-based impregnating agent for Dark Walnut wood

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Tixe Wood Stain is the cheapest product we’ve reviewed, if only as a unit price for a 750ml capacity jar. Consequently, it is especially recommended for those who do not have great needs but need a good impregnating agent for a small job. The indicative yield of a single jar, in fact, varies from 7 to 9 square meters of surface.

Its strengths are resistance to UV rays as well as to bad weather, and the protection of the wood against mold and fungus, so it is ideal for use in outdoor environments, starting from garden furniture to balconies, doors, windows. , sheds and exposed beams.

The flaw of the product, on the other hand, is that it requires both the use of chemical solvents and additional products that are used to complete the treatment of the wood, in particular the application of one or more coats of flatting.


Quality: Tixe is an economical product but has all the qualities of an average cost impregnating agent: in fact it protects both from atmospheric and organic agents, and from ultraviolet rays.

Reviving: Once dry, it creates a layer that allows the pores of the wood to breathe, thus allowing the fibers to revive and prevents bacteria and spores from taking root and proliferating.

For exteriors: The formula requires the use of solvents for dilution, therefore it is ideal above all for works and wooden artefacts located externally, and therefore more exposed to decay.


Odor: It is also recommended for internal use but the smell of the solvents and of the impregnating agent itself is strong; it must also be integrated with a Tixe finish paint, to be purchased separately.

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Saratoga wood stain

8. Saratoga Legno Prof water-based impregnating agent for wood

We conclude our ranking of the best wood stains of 2021 with Legno Prof, produced by the historic Saratoga brand, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, odorless and which does not require the application of additional finishing products.

Saratoga wood stain is recommended for wooden houses, chalets, terraces, pergolas, window frames, doors and windows, attics, stairs, coverings and all wooden elements except for floors and parquet. Its specific formula serves to deeply penetrate the fibers in order to ensure optimal protection from atmospheric agents and UV rays, with transparent pigments that enhance the natural grain of the wood.

The only flaw of Legno Prof, however, is that the application of several overlapping coats tends to further darken the color, so this aspect must be taken into account if dark shades such as mahogany, chestnut or walnut are chosen.


Water based: The water based impregnating agent is easier to dilute and apply, moreover it is odorless, so it can also be safely used to paint wood indoors.

Yield: Unlike other similar products, this one has a much higher yield: from 18 to 20 square meters per liter. Obviously it is an indicative estimate and it depends on the number of hands to be spread.

Versatile: From internal to external furniture, the Saratoga impregnator is suitable for any wooden element, such as benches, gazebos, sheds, fences, doors and window frames. But it is not recommended for floors and parquet.


Colors: Applying more coats tends to darken the original color tone, so better adjust if you are using colors that already have dark tones.

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How to choose the best wood stains

Before deciding which wood stain to buy, you need to know what type of treatment you intend to perform and what are the conditions of the wood to be painted.

Solvent based and water based

There are different types of this product on the market, so to understand how to choose a good impregnating agent for wood you must first start from its primary characteristic: the solvent-based or water-based composition.

Solvent-based impregnants require the use of solvents to be diluted, such as white spirit for example, they tend to offer greater durability over time but are a little more difficult to spread, take longer to dry and have a very strong odor. strong, which greatly limits its use indoors.

Those based on water, on the other hand, are characterized above all by the almost total absence of odor, above all because they can be easily diluted in water, and even if they are also suitable for outdoor use, they are especially appreciated for use in indoor environments; their further advantages are that they are easier to spread and require shorter drying times than solvent-based impregnating agents.

The protective properties

Another requirement to which attention must also be paid are the protective characteristics of the impregnating agent. This type of paint is used specifically to waterproof wood and make it resistant to water and humidity, but not only. Some, in fact, contain specific substances that are able to act as a filter for ultraviolet rays, and therefore also protect the wood from degradation caused by direct exposure to sunlight.

An additional level of protection is that against organic agents, i.e. molds, fungi, bacteria and any parasitic insects, such as woodworms and termites for example. Not all impregnants on the market have the same protective characteristics: some have them all while others limit themselves to protecting only from atmospheric and organic agents, or only from rain and humidity.

These differences obviously affect the price, but if you need to paint wood located outdoors, then it is better to spare no expense and buy an impregnator that offers complete protection, both against sunlight and bad weather and against mold. , fungi and parasites.

Impregnants for precious woods

In the event that it is necessary to treat furniture, fixtures or parquet flooring made with very precious woods, then it is better to spare no expense and turn to specific products. The most popular are the impregnants that also include natural wax or similar substances in the composition, and this brings us to another factor to take into consideration: the use of complementary products.

Even if there are products on the market that do not require finishing, in fact, in most cases the impregnating agents are to be considered as preparatory varnishes, which to ensure the right yield require the further application of one or two coats of finishing varnish.

Usually those intended for the treatment of parquet and precious woods require the use of specific complementary products for dilution and finishing, but this can also be valid for normal impregnating agents for external and internal wood. Before buying one, therefore, it is good to carefully evaluate all these factors in order to identify the most suitable product for your needs.

How to apply the wood stain

The preparation of the wood

Before applying the impregnating agent, the wood must obviously be prepared by sanding it properly. The operation must always be performed and in any case, even if the wood is new; on the latter, in fact, it will help to remove the superficial glossy patina left mostly by greasy dirt, which could prevent the paint from setting, and therefore allow the impregnation to penetrate deeply into the pores of the wood in order to saturate well the surface layer.

On old woods, sanding has the purpose of facilitating the penetration of the impregnating agent, but it is also useful for removing all the residues of old paint still remaining on the surface layer.

The dilution

Once the wooden surfaces have been sanded properly, you can proceed with the painting. In general, impregnating agents can also be used pure, but many prefer to dilute them in order to make them less dense and facilitate both application and penetration, as well as to significantly increase the yield of the paint. However, some products must necessarily be diluted, such as specific impregnating agents for parquet and precious woods.

There is no real standard for dilution, indicatively the proportion can vary from 10% to 30%, but each paint has its own specific characteristics and therefore the manufacturer’s instructions relating to the correct dilution ratio must be followed.

Furthermore, the substance used for dilution, depending on the case, can be a solvent, water or another specific product.

How to pass the wood stain

The different methods

The method of application also depends directly on the type of impregnating agent used; in fact some can be applied only with a brush, while others can be applied both with the brush and with the spray gun. Waxy impregnating agents for precious woods, on the other hand, generally offer the best results when they are applied with the aid of a soft cloth, because this allows you to “massage” the wood with your hands during application and therefore to better penetrate the wood. ‘impregnating in depth.

Regardless of the method used for the application and the type of varnish used, it is important that it penetrates well into the wood; the deeper it reaches, in fact, the greater the protection and duration of the same, and this is an important aspect especially for wood exposed to the elements or subject to problems such as mold and fungi.

Frequent questions

What is the wood stain used for?

The impregnating agent is a type of varnish used exclusively for wood, and in most cases for that placed outside the home and therefore exposed directly to the elements and sunlight.

Unlike common paints, which only form a surface covering film, the impregnating agent is able to penetrate the wood fibers for almost two millimeters; this not only increases the protective effect of the paint and its duration over time, but eliminates the annoying problem of peeling.

When the primer begins to age, in fact, it is consumed without flaking and makes subsequent maintenance interventions much easier for the overlapping of further coats of paint.

Furthermore, a very important thing to add is that the primer is rarely a single product, but is part of a wood treatment cycle. Except for those that leave a matte or glossy finish without the application of further coats of paint, most of the impregnants on the market usually require the use of complementary products, both for dilution and for finishing.

When to use wood stain?

As we have also mentioned previously, the impregnating agent serves above all to protect the wood from natural degradation due both to the action of rain, humidity and sunlight, and to causes of organic origin, such as the proliferation of spores, fungi, bacteria and other parasites that are natural enemies of wood.

Consequently, it must be used on new wood, before it is exposed to the outside, or on old wood when the old impregnating layer has almost completely worn away. In the latter case, to understand when the exact moment to use the primer is, just observe the state of the wood; if this has lost its natural vitality becoming opaque, with a faded color and rough surface to the touch, then it’s time to apply a new coat of paint to renew the protection.

As for the wood in the interior, however, maintenance is less frequent; furthermore, the phenomenon of faded color rarely occurs, so the only symptom to pay attention to is the opacification of the surface layer.

If the furniture, fixtures or parquet lose their natural gloss over the entire surface, then it is time for a new coat of impregnating agent, if instead the opacification is not extensive but affects only a few limited areas, then the old impregnating agent is not it is still completely worn out and we can still wait before intervening.

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