House Staining

If you're considering house staining, there are some things you should know before you begin. You'll want to learn about Water-based stains, Solid-color stains, Oil-based stains, and Clear sealers. This will help you choose the best stain for your home. Or you can just hire the professional painters at McFarlin Painting to take care of everything for you.

Water-based stains

If you want to give your house a new look, you may want to use water-based stains. They are better for exteriors and are suitable for woods that are naturally resistant to rot. They can also be used to restain wood that has already been treated with an oil-based stain. While most stains contain pigments that prevent them from damaging the wood's grain, it's important to find a stain that is UV-protected.

Water-based stains are safer for the environment compared to oil-based stains. They do not give off toxic fumes when applied and they dry faster. They are also a great choice for DIY home renovation projects.

Oil-based stains

Oil-based stains contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are harmful to people and the environment. It is best to use oil-based stains outdoors, in a well-ventilated room, and follow the manufacturer's safety instructions. While you do not need a respirator to apply oil-based stains, it is important to wear a mask to prevent suffocation and skin irritation. Oil-based stains can attract mildew, so avoiding them can help prevent the growth of this unwanted fungus.

Fortunately, many oil-based stain manufacturers are beginning to recognize this concern, and are making an effort to reduce their emissions and meet the requirements of environmental legislation. For example, ISK Biocides has launched a line of WOODguard stains that is VOC-compliant in all 50 states, including California.

Clear sealers

Clear sealers can help prevent water from penetrating wood surfaces. They also help to repel mildew and dirt. However, the downside of these products is that they don't offer UV protection. Moreover, they turn gray over time and require annual restaining. Listed below are a few types of clear sealers you can choose from.

Clear sealers can help protect wood fibers from the harsh elements, like rain and snow. However, they do not protect them from UV rays, which is the leading cause of deterioration. Also, water is the root cause of rot and mold, which can result in structural damage.

Stains, on the other hand, penetrate the wood and contain pigments that change the color. Stains protect against harmful UV rays and provide water repellency. They are available in transparent, semi-transparent, and solid varieties. While they are more difficult to apply than sealers, they do offer a higher level of protection and a more professional look.

Preparation steps

To ensure a high quality staining job, it is essential to prepare wood surfaces properly before staining. These steps include checking for moisture on wood surfaces. If the wood is damp, the stain will not adhere properly and may peel or crack. Furthermore, moisture can also lead to premature rot or decay of wood.

First, clean the surface with clean, dry, and mildew-free water. If the surface is clean but has mildew, apply a stronger solution of household bleach to it. Remember to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves, and to protect your eyes. Once you're finished cleaning, rinse thoroughly with a hose and allow the surfaces to dry completely.

House Staining

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