Selecting Stains for Summer Time

Jun 7, 2013

When you are sitting out on your back patio this summer, you don’t want to have to look at peeling or discolored boards. If you are planning an upcoming party, you certainly don’t want your guests to see the mildew that has discolored your outdoor entertainment areas. Its time to select a stain, and call Three Brother Painting over to your Roswell, GA home and ask them to help you re-stain your porch, patio, or deck.

Types of Stains

Dark Wood Stain

A dark, transparent wood stain.

Stains come in almost as many varieties as paints. There are seven types of stains, and each applies and colors differently. The particular finish you choose is up to your personal preference, but choosing the right type of base for your project is important, and it all depends on how you want to apply the color. The seven types of stains are oil, varnish, water-based, gel, laquer, water-soluble dye, and metalized dye. Each of these have different associated properties that distinguish them from each other.

Stain Opacity

When you select stain, you will not only be choosing for the appropriate base, but you will also need to consider the opacity of the stain. Most come in options of transparent, semi-transparent, and opaque. If you select a transparant stain, it will only color your wood slightly and most of the wood grain will show through. Semi-transparent stains have more coverage, apply a stronger color in one coat, and cover some of the wood grain. Opaque stains apply much like paint and cover the wood grain completely. The difference between an opaque stain and paint is that the stain actually dyes the wood, versus paint that simply applies a layer of color over the wood.

There are many factors to keep in mind when selecting stain for your deck, fencing, or home siding. Three Brothers Paint has years of experience staining wood in Ball Ground, GA and surrounding areas so give us a call and we will be happy to help you select the right stain for your project!

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