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The unique characteristics of Ciranova Reactive Stains

Ciranova reactive stain is a special product for obtaining unique finishes.

For more than 20 years Ciranova has been the market leader in the development of reactive stains, for both the professional and the industrial market.


What is a reactive stain?

Reactive stain is composed of a combination of dyes and raw materials that react with tannins in the wood. The reaction with the tannins in the wood creates an aged and natural finish. The reactive stains work best on oak wood but also produce beautiful results on other species.

After the reaction time, the reactive stain should be finished with oil or waterborne finishes.

» Reacts with tannin in the wood and creates a unique finish.

» Endless possibilities in combination with colored oils.

» Color intensity can easily be adjusted with Reactive stain Clear.


Make sure that all old finish coats are completely removed and that the wood is free from dust and other dirt. Can be used on sanded, planed, and brushed wood. Pre-wetting the wood can reduce the risk of overlapping.


Stir and shake well before and during use. Apply evenly reactive stain in the direction of the wood fiber, even out afterward. Reactive stain can be applied using a brush or spray gun and subsequently smoothened with a brush or mop.

Reactive stain can “pop” the grain so it is suggested that you smoothen the surface after the full reaction time with a buffing pad. Afterward, the surface should be made dust free, prior to finishing with an oil or waterborne finish from the Ciranova® product line. Please contact Ciranova® Technical Support for information about using a waterborne finish.

How can I protect the reactive stain afterward?

Reactive stain only produces the color; afterward, it has to be protected with a finishing product. For the on-site finishing, we recommend our Hardwaxoil Magic. By combining a reactive stain with a colored oil one can obtain many different finishes.

One cannot roll or brush waterborne finishings such as a varnish over the reactive stain, because this could partly dissolve the color. However, one can spray a waterborne finish on the reactive stain, which offers many possibilities for industrial finishers.

Be sure to let us know if you would like more information about our reactive stains for professional or industrial use.

Case4 x 5L
Coverage100-150 sq.ft./L
DisposalDispose of residue and empty packaging in accordance with local ordinances
Drying times6 hours
Product Typewaterborne
Shelf life12 months in the original and unopened packaging
Storage/transportbetween 5°C and 25°C
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Important notice: The calculated consumption can vary due to various factors, e.g. cut, structure and age of the wood, etc. Please also consult the product label and the technical data sheet;

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