How to Stain Wood Siding
Do you have questions about your wood staining project? Staining wood siding is a lot easier than you may think. If you follow this step-by-step guide, you will quickly and easily learn how to stain siding, and then enjoy the benefits it brings to your property.
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Choosing the Wood Stain
If you don’t want to change the wood’s color, then Waterguard Clear Waterproofing Sealant will protect the wood while letting it’s natural beauty shine through. Otherwise, there are a lot of exciting wood stain colors to choose from.
You may want to complement the color of your deck, outdoor furniture, or shed. You can also use a neutral shade that works with any background or décor.
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Pick The Right Day
The most important thing to do before you stain is to pick the right day. Generally, stain needs to be applied on a sunny day, as opposed to a cloudy and muggy day. The temperature can’t be too hot or too cold. Take a look at the weather forecast and plan your staining day accordingly.
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Clean the Wood
Use a wood cleaner like Olympic® Premium Deck Cleaner on your siding prior to staining. It is important to apply the wood cleaner in an even and uniform way. Additionally, make sure that you follow all safety precautions in order to protect yourself when using the wood cleaner.
After applying the cleaning agent, use a soft bristle brush or mop to scrub away all the debris and grime. You will need to allow the siding to dry before moving on to the next step.
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Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.
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Always test a small, hidden area, using the same number of coats you will be using on the siding and let it dry so that you can be sure to get the wood stain color you want.
Stain the Siding
Apply the stain using a brush, roller, or a hand-pumped stain sprayer.
No matter the method you use, make sure to apply an even coat to the siding. Cover the entire surface.
If you see areas that are blotchy or where the stain puddles, quickly use a brush or roller to smooth these areas out.
It can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for the stain to fully dry, depending on the humidity and weather in your area.