Choosing A Deck Stain

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    David Radtke with Olympic Paints discussing the various stain types and how to select the best stain for your project.

    Male Speaker: Color has a powerful impact so you want the stain you chose for your deck to make a positive statement. With all the choices available how do you choose the right one?

    The opacity of a stain or how much of the wood grain shows through the stain is the result of the amount of pigment in the stain. There are five stain opacities; translucent, transparent or toners, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid. The more pigment there is in a stain, the less grain you will see. However, it will better protect against weather and a longer it will last. Translucent or clear sealants allow the wood to rather grain naturally. Every detail of the wood will show through so if you have attractive new wood this is probably the best option for you.

    Transparent stains or toners have a slight hint of color that maintains the natural beauty of wood and allows the grain of the wood to show. Its great for adding a hint of color to new wood. Semi-transparent stains have subtle color that allows the natural grain and the texture to show. A semi-transparent stain is an ideal choice for high quality wood in good condition. Semi-solid stains offer the same rich color as transparent stains. Yet these stains hide some of the wood grain while allowing some texture to show through. These stains are a good choice for wood that is not picture perfect. Solid stains provide a rich opaque color that allows the texture of the wood to show while completely covering any cosmetic flaws. If your deck consists of previously painted wood or wood that is badly blemished or discolored; a solid stain is the way to go. Solid color stains perform well on areas such as railings and can be a nice accent on decks. Now that you understand the differences in stain opacity, you can make a right choice for your deck.