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How & When Can I Stain

Here's How to stain for success.

Exterior Staining

Before you stain there are two simple secrets to a long-lasting finish – QUALITY STAIN and PREP WORK. Together they create a beautiful long lasting finish, without prep the odds are high you will be redoing your project again next year.

Prep Work - It's Important

90% of all stain failure is due to lack of prep work!

Here's How

  • ​New wood could have a sheen on it called mill glaze. This will prevent the stain from penetrating. Simply sand area with 80 grit sandpaper or use WOOD•SHIELD WOOD RESTORER 1874-207

  • Check moisture content in the wood. Moisture should be < 15% - 25 % (depending on product used). Use a moisture meter to check, most Home Hardware stores will loan them out. 1010-585

  • Peeling Stain, if your existing stain has more than 25% peeling it is recommended to remove the coating and start fresh. NATURA SAFE STRIP 1874-402

  • Mildew may not be visible, therefore it best to always clean. Mildew will cause your stain to peel. NATURA MILDEW OFF 1874-401 or ACTIVOX 1874-410 (it removes algae, mold and dirt). Activox also restores weathered greyed wood back to its original appearance.

  • You need to remove all greyed wood (dead wood fibres). This is the most common error when staining. The grey fibres sit on the top of the wood and are not adhered to the substrate. Staining overtop of the grey changes the colour, however moisture lifts the fibres off with your new stain attached. Remove dead wood fibres with NATURA WOOD PREP 1874-400, WOOD•SHIELD WOOD RESTORER 1874-207 or ACTIVOX 1874-410

Quality Stains

Beauti-Tone stains are available in a semi-transparent and solid finish.

SEMI-TRANSPARENT STAIN: Penetrates the wood and allows the natural grain and characteristic of the wood to show through. Available in 36 colours.

SOLID STAIN: Penetrates the wood and highlights the texture of the wood. Available in thousands of colours.

Beauti-Tone Paint is manufactured in Canada producing a full array of high quality paints and stains. All exterior stains and paints are formulated to withstand the extremes of our Canadian climate. Beauti-Tone is sold exclusively at Home Hardware Stores Limited.

Consult with the stores Paint and Stain Expert.