The most important factor for coloring or staining wood flooring is customer expectation. What look does the customer want and expect to have? Once the look is established you must then determine, is it possible to provide the expected look? The next factor is what must be done to achieve the look.
Attaining a particular color or stain will almost always involve site finished rather than factory finished flooring. The most commonly used stains for site finishing flooring are oil based. These stains are user friendly, offering fairly simple application techniques as well as consistent and repeatable performance. Water-based stains and aniline dye stains are also available. Because application techniques for these stains are more difficult, good, repeatable results are hard to obtain. Only the experienced mechanic familiar with these specialty stain systems should use them.