Elevate Your Book’s Aesthetics with Custom Staining: A Binding & Finishing Company’s Expertise

In the intricate world of bookbinding and finishing, one process that’s gaining increased attention and popularity is book staining. As a leading binding and finishing company, we offer a unique perspective on this artistic technique that allows you to add a splash of color and individuality to the edges and open face pages of your hardback, case-bound books.

Versatile Edge Staining: Book staining is one of the 19 different processes we specialize in, offering you a versatile way to enhance the appearance of your book’s edges. The solid color application across the edges of the book pages comes in an extensive range of colors, allowing you to tailor the aesthetic to your specific preferences. Whether you envision various shades of orange, green, blue, or any color in between, our staining process can bring your vision to life.

Growing Popularity: In recent times, we’ve observed a surge in interest for book staining, and for good reason. The ability to add a solid color across the edges of the book pages, as pictured, brings a unique and eye-catching element to the overall design. The three-sided staining approach, where usually three sides are stained the same color, has become a popular choice among authors and publishers looking to make their hardback, case-bound books stand out.

Customized Staining Options: What sets our staining process apart is the ability to offer customization beyond the standard. While many competitors can stain all three sides the same color, we take it a step further. We are proud to offer book staining in two colors, allowing for a more intricate and personalized design. This is particularly challenging, as spraying one color without it wrapping around to the adjacent side can be complex. However, our expertise allows us to achieve stunning results, even when a different color is desired for the foot, face, and head of the book.

Collaboration with Competitors: Our commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Competitors who are unable to offer staining in two colors have reached out to us for assistance. We are more than happy to collaborate and share our expertise with fellow industry players, ensuring that the art of book staining continues to thrive.

How to Bring Your Vision to Life: If you’re considering edge staining for your hardback, case-bound books, we encourage you to give us a call. Whether you’re interested in a single color or the more intricate option of staining in two or three colors, our team is ready to discuss your project and provide guidance. Let us bring a touch of individuality and vibrancy to your books through our expert staining process.

Transform the edges and open face pages of your hardback, case-bound books into works of art with our specialized book staining process. From a wide range of colors to the option of staining in two or three colors, our binding and finishing company is here to make your vision a reality. Elevate your books with custom staining—contact us today and let the colors speak for themselves.

This book is unusual for a few reasons.  Its an exposed smyth sewn book on the spine and full surface glued to the back cover.  The head and foot and the face of the book are black stained.  We can do staining in a wide range of colours and in various shades.  Each side can be done in a different colour.  It is distinctive and compared to gilding which is foil is much cheaper.

Book Staining

What is Book Staining? It’s simply the application of stain or paint to the trimmed edges of bound books. We apply the paint using sponges, brushes or spray, depending on various factors like the type of stock used. In perfecting the Book Staining process, we overcame several difficulties by doing extensive experimentation and testing. We are experts on knowing what kinds of paint to use depending on whether the stock is coated or uncoated, very thin or somewhat thick, has printing (e.g. 4 colour process) that bleeds to the edges, etc.

Book Staining

We have scores of paint colours available. A particularly eye catching value-added feature we offer is to paint each of the three book edges a different colour! Not only do the colours not bleed the other edges, we make the corners meet perfectly.

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada

In my frequent visits to book and stationery stores, I’m seeing more stained books as publishers are looking for more ways to make their books stand out. I recently visited Japan and China and saw a lot of stained books. Book Staining is a new feature that is becoming increasing popular around the world!

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada

Book Staining - Anstey Book Binding Canada


  • Lots of solid colour choices
  • Smooth surface
  • Distinctive


  • Differentiate book from all others
  • Add a great deal of perceived value

Factors to Consider

  • Testing sometimes required to get right shade of colour
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