There are lots of outdoor projects that call for exterior wood stain. When the cool weather dissipates and spring rolls in, the inspiration to roll up your sleeves and do some work around the house is irresistible. If you have had a new deck installed, it will need sealing before the elements can affect it.
Or you may have a new fence that needs to be finished. Exterior wood stain is essential to protect the wood from the harsh effects of the sun and from any damage caused by exposure to rain and other dampness.
Seek advice and know your product
As with all projects, it is essential to plan in advance and understand what you will be doing before you start. Read all manufacturers instructions and product labels before commencing work. If you are unsure of which exterior wood stain to use for your particular project, consult your retailer who will be able to show you exactly what you need. It is not worth getting halfway through the job, only to realize that the product you bought was not suitable. Avoid investing expense and effort without being well informed.
Any splits in the wood should be repaired before applying exterior wood stain. Conduct any and all repairs in advance of staining. Proper preparation is essential in any job and this is no different.
Clean surfaces first
Before applying exterior wood stain, the wood must be cleaned as thoroughly as possible to ensure there is no dirt remaining, and no stains, mildew or grease. These factors will result in a poor quality job all round and you will no doubt be disappointed.
In order for the wood to accept the stain, all surfaces upon which you will be applying exterior wood stain need to be absorbent. If you are staining old wood, sand it back to a raw surface to enable it to accept the stain effectively. Do a test for wood porosity before beginning.
To ensure an excellent result, using exterior wood stain on every surface of the wood is advised. This could mean staining the underside of a deck or steps but the effect will be worth it.
Use quality stain
Since exterior wood stains are applied directly to umprimed wood in a single coat, it is important to use a quality product that will protect the wood and help it to withstand what the environment dishes out. High quality stains offer maximum adhesion to the surface and they resist fading and the growth of mildew much better than any budget products you may try.