Wood Home Staining and RestorationTall Pines Painting has the expertise and knowledge to keep your wood home protected and looking great! We can help with regular maintenance or complete restoration. Below are answers to common questions about wood stains.
Wood Home Staining FAQ's
Which stain opacity should I choose?
The biggest factor to consider when choosing which stain to use is condition of the wood. Click on the following link to watch a short video from Benjamin Moore that does a great job of explaining pros and cons of different stain options. Benjamin Moore Stain Opacity Video
Transparent Stains or Toners - has very little pigment and gives wood a natural appearance with a hint of color, best for wood in excellent condition.
Semi -Transparent Stain - has enough pigment to make a color statement while still showing most of the woods natural appearance, best for wood in good to fair condition.
Semi -Solid Stain - extra pigment offers extra protection. Has very little opacity and doesn't allow much of the woods natural appearance to show though, best for weathered wood.
Solid Color Stain - completely opaque and is often times confused for paint, best for weathered wood.
What are stain color options?
Click on link to view samples of Benjamin Moore stain colors. Selecting your Stain Color
Why is back brushing stain important?
Back brushing is the process of working the stain or paint into a rougher surface after it has been sprayed. With back brushing, stain/paint is first applied to surface with an airless paint sprayer, then immediately brush over several times with a standard paint brush.
What are the benefits of back brushing?
Longer lasting - back brushing forces the stain deeper into the wood. When stain soaks deeper into wood, it allows us to apply more stain. More stain will protect wood for a longer time. Back brushing also helps create a better bond between the stain and surface, preventing future peeling.
Better looking - back brushing evenly distributes product over the surface and fills small cracks and crevices, allowing for a uniform final finish.
Can I use solid color stain over painted wood?
Yes, solid color stain can be applied over previously painted surfaces. This web page from Benjamin Moore gives a great overall explanation of exterior stain - Wood Stain Finishes and Deck Stain