Exterior Staining


Contrary to popular belief, exterior staining is often more challenging than painting. There are more variables in preparing wood for staining and countless products on the market – from oil-base stains to acrylic-base stains; but one thing never changes, preparation. While many painters use of a solution of household chorine bleach and water to kill mold and mildew, we use products containing oxygenated bleach which does not destroys the linin (a natural compound that bonds wood fibers together). For more information on this subject visit SaverSystems or Deck.StainGuide.com.


Stained Homes

1403 Lassen View, LACC. This 5000 square foot masterpiece was cleaned and finished with one coat of Sikken's SRD.1403 Lassen View 2.624 E. Burnt Cedar LACC. Cleaned and finished with one coat Sikken's SRD.
The Carbones, 215 Lake Almanor West Dr. This 7000 square home was built by Chris Meyers Construction. We used 14 different colors on the interior.The exterior siding is finished with Cabot's semi-transparent oil base stain.163 Peninsula Dr. This house was finished with an acrylic stain from Lifeline. We have found that the newer acrylic stains hold up better and don't attract the dark or black mold like the oil base stains do.620 E. Burnt Cedar, LACC. We finished with 3 coats of Sikken's SRD.


Most people think that simply power washing and spraying on a coat of stain is all there is to it. If you read the back of any can of oil base stains it clearly states in bold letters, “do not apply over a previously stained or sealed surface”. We have developed our own cleaning process that breaks down the old finish while killing mold and mildew – without harm to the environment. This process also opens the pores of the wood allowing the new stain to penetrate more evenly into the wood. Another myth – that the more stain you apply, the better the finish _ when the opposite is true. Stain is a penetrating product meant to soak into the wood not to sit on top. Stained homes should have a dull almost flat finish with no shiny areas.


Cleaning Before Staining

127 Kokanee, West Shore. Chemical cleaning. Please note the black mold by the stairs.Our cleaning process is the most important factor in preparation to re-stain.Applying our cleaning solution. You can clearly see the old stain bleeding down the garage door.Applying the cleaning solution.
Old stain bleeding down the windows.The old stain.Our solution will not harm the glass our your flowers.


Another factor to consider when staining a home: exposure to harsh elements, like we have in the Lake Almanor Basin, has a big influence on longevity of a stained surface. In general even the best products last only three to four years.



Deck re-finishing begins with alot of sanding and sanding and sanding.After sanding.After staining.
Power floor sanding.Ready for staining.Rolling and back brushing 4 to 6 boards at a time allows us to work the stain into the wood and wipe up or brush out any excessive stain.


Visit www.nam.sikkens.com for information on their stain products or www.theloghomestore.com for a comprehensive guide to staining.


Before and After

Front Deck BeforeFront Deck AfterLots of Sanding
Mold before being cleaned.After cleaning the mold. We let the cleaning solution do its work. No need for high pressure power-washing.After cleaning the mold. Notice the black mold is all gone by the stairs.