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How to Stain Wood Siding

The staining process serves to protect and preserve wood siding while enhancing its natural beauty. Wood stains range from the clear coats used to showcase the wood’s natural color, to deep stains that provide a wider range of color choices to match exteriors.


Additional protection through staining

Staining can provide your wood siding with the additional protection it needs against weather conditions, insects, and other conditions. The key to preserving wood products is to keep moisture to a minimum. For this, stains can do a great job of keeping excess moisture from seeping into your siding. Many wood siding options are delivered already pre-primed at the factory, which presents an easy option for stained wood siding.

Applying stain to wood siding yourself

Before applying anything to your siding, the first thing you must do is ensure that the wood is dry before applying coats of primer. Primer acts as a base for your stain, and is also an additional moisture barrier for your siding. Make sure that all sides of your wood siding have been applied with primer to ensure an even color, weathering, and to prevent unprotected areas of the siding from growing mold and mildew later on.

Judging the color of stained wood siding

The final color of your siding will depend on the natural color of the wood prior to staining and the stain that you use. For example, stains used on red cedar will more likely exhibit a much deeper and darker color than if these same stains were used to coat white cedar siding. You must also make sure that the finishing coat you use is compatible with the primer. Always read the product labels and ask an expert if you have any questions.

Solid, semi-transparent, and clear stains

There are a few different types of stains that you can use on wood siding. One is called a solid-color stain. It is available in a variety of different colors and has an opaque finish, meaning it obscures the natural color of the wood in favor of a uniform, solid color. However, despite being opaque, it does allow some of the texture and natural characteristics of the wood to show through. They do not penetrate through the wood but instead form a film over it. For best results, a top coat must be applied after it has dried.

Another type of stain used in wood siding is a semi-transparent stain. This is the type that most people are familiar with. Semi-transparent stains give wood siding a tint of color, or may even change its color completely, depending on how much stain is been applied. The difference between semi-transparent and solid stains is that you can see more of the wood with semi-transparent stains no matter how much you apply. The color just gets darker and/or richer, but it does not obscure one from seeing the wood siding’s grain patterns and textures.

Lastly, clear coat stains and oils are an option for your wood siding. These stains will protect your wood siding from the elements without adding color to it. This is a great option for homeowners who want to retain the natural color of the wood.

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