Choosing the Right Exterior Stain for Your Project

Wood is a popular material used for outdoor projects due to its versatility, hardiness and cost-effectiveness. As a prominent feature in fencing and furniture, wood is subject to many harsh conditions, including moisture, extreme temperatures and sunlight. It is important to use a high-quality exterior wood stain on new and existing wood to preserve its appearance and provide protection from the elements. To choose exterior stains Ballwin MO, you’ll need to consider the type and condition of the lumber you are using and your desired look.


Water Based vs. Oil Based Stain

Wood stains commonly fall into one of two categories: water-based (or acrylic) and oil-based (or alkyd).

Water-based stains are more durable than oil-based stains, offering greater protection. They come in many colors, dry quickly and are easy to clean up. They are also lower in volatile organic compounds, making them less odorous and more environmentally friendly. On the flip side, water-based stains can mask some of the beauty of the wood natural color and can also be more expensive.

Oil-based stains penetrate the wood, which accentuates the wood grain’s appearance. Although this type of stain takes longer to dry, you’ll have more time to properly blend it for a cleaner finish. Application can be trickier and cleanup is more involved, as it requires solvents; however, you’ll end up with adequate protection and an enhanced natural look.

Transparency Level

Wood stains come in a range of transparency levels that affect your project’s finished look and amount of protection.

  • Clear stains contain no color. They offer protection that resists mildew and mold.
  • Transparent and semi-transparent stains allow the best parts of the wood grain to show while hiding flaws.
  • Semi-solid and solid stains contain the most color, the strongest defense against damage and the greatest ability to conceal imperfections.

No matter the project, Reineke Decorating Center has you covered. Give us a call today, and one of our friendly team members will help you select the best exterior stain for your project needs.