What is the Best House Stain or Paint?
Exterior Painting tips
Wood StainExterior trim and siding are beautified and protected from the elements with quality stain. A wood stain will have strong resistance to the damaging effects of the sun and rain while providing a lasting enhancement of the wood.
This is not easy when a stain is designed to allow the character of the wood's grain to show through the finish. Wood stains can be put into pigment categories, solid, semi-transparent and transparent.
Longevity of Stain ColorsThese stains are available as both an oil base and water base product. They are well suited for most uses and provide great results and water protection.
Solid wood stains are heavier in consistency and their application is thicker providing an almost painted appearance. This is the best choice for an application on multiple wood types or if a consistent color is needed.
Solid stains have more pigment and provide the ability to cover imperfections in the wood. These stains will still show the texture of the wood but less grain.
Semi-transparent and transparent stains allow the underlying wood to show through. Semi-transparent stains have low amounts of pigments, typically they have very light consistency and are applied as a thin coating.