Bay Area Community Wood Stain Project

Easy tips for Wood Staining

The problem with having beautiful wood shingles protecting your home is that, just like any living thing, it gets old and begins to decay. Shingles are often made from redwoods and cedars trees, which with time, give off natural oils which cause the natural color to fade dark. Staining your home will slow down the process of decay, as well as protecting it from UV light from the sun. The issue with UV is that it opens the “pores” of the wood and allows water to seep through causing it damage. Stains are made up of particles that block any thing to pass through and cause damage. You want to take extra care of your home or rental property because wood damage can rack up thousands if not taken care off properly.

Quick Tips:

  •  Start by cleaning all the wood surfaces using a quality wood brightener.  In general, you will want to first mechanically wash the surfaces, then apply the brightener with a small sprayer, then use a bristle brush to thoroughly work the brightener into the surfaces, and then finally mechanically wash the brightener off.  This process may need to be repeated a couple of times to achieve the desired result.
  • Apply a oil base and leave over night to dry. The oil will help the wood avoid blotches, as well. When applying the oil, use a spray brush (since you are working on a large area of the home). If you were to use a brush on each individual shingle, it would take much longer than needed.
  • Staining. The last and final step to this process is the actual staining it self. You want to make sure you are spraying in the same direction of the shingles. Do not forget the edges and going underneath each shingle to avoid any discoloration. The stain should dry by the following day.

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