Graining Base

Graining Base is a premium, alkyd eggshell enamel base paint that can be used alone or under Old Masters Wiping Stain to achieve a wide variety of distinctive decorating effects. When used as a basecoat for woodgraining, this product simulates both the texture and color of bare or unfinished wood. Graining Base can be used on any paintable, interior surface. It offers excellent adhesion, durability, and chip resistance in five colors.

Technical Data Sheet

Where to Use

Graining Base can be used on any paintable, interior surface and can provide a base coat for wood graining. Wood graining can be achieved on new wood, previously finished surfaces, cabinets, furniture, and metal doors without stripping previous finishes.

Surface Preparation
All surfaces must be clean, dry, and free from dirt, wax, grease, glue, and other contaminants or adhesion will be affected.

New or Bare Wood: Sand surface thoroughly. Remove dust with a lint free rag or tack rag.

Previously Finished Surfaces: Previous finish does not need to be removed if in sound condition. If in poor condition, remove finish and sand smooth. Remove dust.

Metal or High Gloss Surfaces: Remove gloss by sanding to roughen surface. Ensure adhesion, then remove all dust particles with a tack rag.

Stir thoroughly before and during use. Apply with a good quality, natural bristle brush or spray application. On metal surfaces, such as doors, apply Graining Base in the direction of the intended woodgrain. Should a second coat be desired, allow first coat to dry for 24 hours. Once thoroughly dry, sand surface lightly, then recoat. Also allow 24 hours drying time prior to applying Wiping Stain to achieve a woodgrain effect.

Technical Information

Do not thin. Use as packaged.

Approximately 100 square feet per quart.

Drying Time:
Graining Base will dry to touch in 8 to 10 hours, depending on humidity and temperature. A second coat may be applied, if desired, after 24 hours. If applying a Wiping Stain to achieve a woodgrain look, allow surface to dry thoroughly (about 24 hours) prior to stain application. High humidity or low temperature will extend drying time.

Using a cleaning solvent, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits, is recommended for cleanup. The use of paint thinners or mineral spirits may violate VOC compliancy in your area. Check with your local government agencies to ensure proper compliancy.

DANGER: Rags, steel wool, sanding residue, and other wastes used or soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. No ignition source is required for these wastes to start on fire by themselves. Immediately place rags, steel wool, sanding residue, and other wastes used or soaked with this product in a sealed, water-filled metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

MAX VOC: 450 grams/liter (3.75 lbs/gal)

Old Masters offers a wide variety of products and tools used to create unique faux finishes. This section offers a brief overview of these techniques and various products and tools needed to complete each faux finish.

Wood Graining

Old Masters offers a complete wood graining system. Create beautiful and unique wood grained finishes on steel doors and other smooth surfaces using Old Masters Wiping or Gel Stain, Graining Base, and Wood Graining Tool. A detailed instruction booklet is included with our wood graining tool.


Antiquing is a common technique used to give painted or stained woodwork an aged look. We suggest accomplishing the antiqued look by using Old Masters Wiping Stain over top of your chosen paint color. After applying a coat of Wiping Stain, wipe the center of the work area clean and build stain gradually to the edges. No abrupt changes from light to dark areas should remain to complete the motif.


Marbling is a common faux finish used in painting, but it can also create a very interesting effect with wood stains on wood surfaces. Start by applying a coat of Old Masters Wiping Stain in a color of your choosing to any painted or stained surface. Create the look of marble by crumpling a dry, clean plastic bag. Next, open the bag and lay it on top of the wet stain, pressing the wrinkles into the stain. Create much more intense variations by using other objects such as sponges, rags, or carpet in combination with two or more stain colors.


Distressing may seem similar to antiquing, but antiquing makes a piece look old, whereas distressing makes a piece look worn. Creating a distressed look can be accomplished by applying burn marks, nail heads, intentional dents or scratches, and other similar attempts at marring the surface. Applying a stain before this distressing will allow the original wood to show through the stain; applying the stain after the distressing will pool in the imperfections and create dark blemishes. Wiping Stain or Gel Stain is a great option for enhancing the marred surface of your project. Add a splatter effect by dipping an old toothbrush in Wiping Stain and flinging it onto the project.

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