There are three key reasons why we'd take you down the Paint-Stain path:
1) There is more control over the opacity of the color.
Regular stain is by it's nature, transparent, while paint is opaque. Combining the two gives us more control over the amount of "hide" while still performing like a stain. Typical ratio of paint to stain is 25% paint/75% stain and 50% paint/50% stain.
2) Paint-Stain has more "body". Applying Paint-Stain feels slightly different than straight stain, and sometimes this is desirable.
3) You can get into different color space when using paint pigments. Stain pigments don't have the Phthalo-family of colorants available (beautiful blues and greens), so when we use paint pigments, we can create some crazy colors for highly specialized projects.
Robin Daly is the 3rd generation owner of Daly's Paint & Decorating stores. She is passionate about supporting people with their home improvement projects, loves how color can transform a space and knows a thing or two about how to get things done.