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