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All About Semi-Solid Stains

All About Semi-Solid Stains

When it comes to staining wood surfaces, there are different types of stains to choose from. Choosing a semi-solid stain over a transparent or solid stain has a few benefits you may want to consider.

Best Use of Semi-Solid Stains

A semi-solid stain is the best option for anyone who wants the most pigment out of their stain while letting the wood’s natural texture shine through. This is best used on wood that is weathered, worn or wood that is aging. Although semi-solid stains provide a greater opacity than semi-transparent stains, it still highlights the texture of your wooden surface while offering more protection. This way, you can continue to preserve your wood and not have to worry about it for several years.

Choosing Your Stain Color

Most people who consider using a semi-solid stain want to keep the natural look of their wood intact. Motor City Paints offers a variety of natural colors for a variety of wood types, including common ones like Walnut, Natural Redwood, and Cedar.

We also offer a variety of colors to help your wood match other aesthetics homeowners may be looking for. Consider Outside White for a bright and vintage appeal. Or, if you want a darker and more rustic look, try Weathered Grey, Lily Pad, or Burnt Hickory.

When to Stain

Whether you are staining your deck, porch, fence, or the siding of your home, it is important to find the right time to start your project. Check the weather report beforehand to make sure there will be no rain for at least 24 hours. Getting caught in a sudden rainfall mid-staining can wash away your hard work! Even if there is no rain, high humidity can double or triple the drying time of your stain. Alternatively, if the temperature is too hot, your stain could dry unevenly.

To ensure that your end results will dry properly and look great, put down your stain when it is between 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Again, ensure there will be no rain, and if there is humidity, be mindful and steer clear of any touching, moving, or foot traffic while your project finishes drying.

How to Maintain Your Stain

A common misconception about stains is that once you’ve finished staining a project, it is done forever and requires no maintenance afterward. Although stains may last longer than paint and do not peel towards the end of their life, stained surfaces can still eventually fade and need restaining.

Compared to transparent and semi-transparent stains, a semi-solid stain will give you a longer lasting protection. This means you don’t have to worry about restaining every year or two. Decks, which have higher foot-traffic, or other surfaces that have high-contact should be inspected every three to eight years. Siding, fences, and other areas that don’t get much contact can be inspected every five to ten years. Double check for any places where the wood may be damaged, chipped or worn to evaluate whether or not you need to repair or restain the area.

In order to get the most out of your semi-solid stain, do your best to keep your stained surfaces clean from debris. Regularly sweep leaves or shovel snow off your porch or deck and lightly hose off your stained surfaces once or twice a year.

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