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Solid color – Semi-Transparent – natural transparent staining

Protective stain coating to wooden surfaces

Staining is a protective method to ensure that oak, fir or other natural wood has a beautiful sheen. Currently there are three types of stains available. There is alkyd, polyurethane and waterborne stains. They all, but some more than others, have some gas off prior to drying.

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Semi-transparent stain colours

Enhance the look of stained wood with a semi-transparent colour. This option can be used to highlight focal point structures of the property with beautiful colours. For the exterior, use the polyurethane or alkyd base stains for protection from weather elements.

Solid color stain

Solid colour stains are opaque colours that can be applied on top of previously natural or semi-transparent stained wood. For the exterior, polyurethane and alkyd finish bases are an outstanding choice as the colour will tend to stay longer.

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Exterior staining project

Natural stain material

A natural stain finish is great for maintenance work  — applying an additional coat every few years. This will ensure that the surface has adequate coating to protect the surface in all weather. We can also apply this product on bare wood as it will enhance the natural look of the wood.

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Natural Staining

We recently completed the natural stain painting of the house shown below. For this job it was extremely important to prepare the wood properly.

Painting the fence

The importance of preparation

The house is located in a very damp and humid area. It is very important to understand the weather conditions around the project site to ensure that the material will adhere properly to the surface. The preparation to any coating project starts by disinfecting the surfaces. By disinfecting we are referring to cleaning any dirt, mildew, or algae that has been trapped between the edges or on the flat surfaces.

Before and after images of deck

Sanding methods prior to staining

After we thoroughly cleaned the surfaces, we spent the next five days sanding all the edges and flat surfaces of the wood. This step is also crucial: if the sanding is not done correctly, the top coat natural stain will not penetrate properly and will leave a thicker coating on the surface. Sanding must be done with a consistent pressure to make sure the surface is sanded evenly without any burn marks from the belt machine.

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Natural staining

Once we finished sanding the surfaces with 100 grid sand paper and finished with smooth 140 grid sandpaper, we washed or blew away any loose debris. The most fun part of a project is applying the stain to the clean surface and seeing the true color of the wood emerging.