DD--ECOS Stain

The only zero VOC1, environmentally friendly3 stain with no traditional paint (polyurethane) odor, which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues in the world.

Staining natural wood should be a pleasure, enhancing the grain with a rich color, bringing out its inner beauty and creating a finish to dazzle the eye. Unfortunately, traditional stains typically contain harsh chemicals and have strong odors which can cause headaches and nausea. The result, a natural product filled with harmful chemicals and a process which often leaves a home uninhabitable for days.

In contrast, ECOS WoodShield stains are zero VOC, non-toxic2 and no odor. Offered in twelve designer colors, ECOS WoodShield stains are the ideal complement for wood.

1Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here and here.

2Conforms to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects

3Learn more here.

Some tips for choosing the right stain color.

Know Your Wood: Every type of wood has a natural hue to it and different densities (meaning they “take” or “don’t take” stains in different degrees). Knowing the natural color and hardness or softness is vital for understanding the final color.

Stain Color Essentials: This is probably the most important question people want help with — what color stain should you pick? There’s no easy answer, but here are a few points to consider.

Coats: The number of coats you apply will affect the color. When staining, it’s important to remember this: the first coat of a two-coat system will usually go on darker than the second coat. The second coat will tend to be “smoother” and will reflect the light source more uniformly.

Light Source: Every source of light has a different color. For example, incandescent bulbs tend to be warmer and yellower than fluorescent lights. Indoor surfaces that are near a window may also be affected by both interior and exterior light sources. Exterior light can change dramatically during the course of a day. Sunset light tends to be golden; evening light is often bluish. When you’re comparing colors, consider the lighting conditions. Try a Few Hues: Choose one or two colors and then pick a few different shades to test out.

Testing 1, 2, 3: Make sure you test out the stain before applying it to the whole surface. Use a piece of scrap wood from your project or find an inconspicuous spot on the finished project to test the stain. Also, colors change as they dry so make sure you wait.


Because you care about the environment, your family and home, ECOS WoodShield Stain is the only choice for all your design and renovation needs. Easy to choose, easy to apply and easy to live with. Check out all of our paints, coatings, and products here.*

*ECOS’ products have Declare Labels and are red list free by the International Living Future Institute. For additional details, see here: https://living-future.org/declare

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