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Question DetailsAsked on 6/29/2016

i want to stain a fence in Charleston South Carolina which stains are best?

I do not want to use oil based. I have been looking at semi transparent products. Some brands suggest 1 coat, others 2 coats

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Not using oil based, especially if cedar or redwood or other high-oil fencing (which do not take silicone or water based stains at all well, especially on fresh wood), really limits your choices. The heavier the "build" the more the risk of peeling and flaking - with straight paints the worst, then heavy-build or "high body" stains, then penetrating stains, then pure oils or silicones. And of course, unless absolutely dry throughout the wood, water or silicone borne products will not penetrate as well or uniformly.


Except for a true penetrating straight oil like log oil, I would recommend 2 coats for the first coat - one to penetrate, one to final seal and fill and cover. Down the road recoats can commonly, after pressure washing, be a single coat unless left way too long between coats.


My recommendation - at least avoid the pure silicone products like Thomsons Waterseal and the heavy-build products, and go with something that emphasizes its ability to penetrate and resist graying from ultraviolet sunlight. And stay with the main name brands, not the off-brand "technological miracle" products. Personally, I prefer the copper-based preservative stains like Cupreanol and Rustoleum and Copper-Green and others make because it both stains and preserves without a "build" so no flaking or peeling and readily recoated as needed, though most are oil (turpentine) or naptha based.


I guess if I had to choose a water-based stain I would go with Olympic - not based on personal experience, but based on their long experience and good reputation with exterior wood stains. Though one redwood or cedar, if you can stand the graying, I think rather than an acrylic or latex water-based stain I would probably recommend no stain at all as far as protection goes - just not worth the maintenance hassle and poor looks.


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Not using oil based, especially if cedar or redwood or other high-oil fencing (which do not take silicone or water based stains at all well, especially on fresh wood), really limits your choices. The heavier the "build" the more the risk of peeling and flaking - with straight paints the worst, then heavy-build or "high body" stains, then penetrating stains, then pure oils or silicones. And of course, unless absolutely dry throughout the wood, water or silicone borne products will not penetrate as well or uniformly.


Except for a true penetrating straight oil like log oil, I would recommend 2 coats for the first coat - one to penetrate, one to final seal and fill and cover. Down the road recoats can commonly, after pressure washing, be a single coat unless left way too long between coats.


My recommendation - at least avoid the pure silicone products like Thomsons Waterseal and the heavy-build products, and go with something that emphasizes its ability to penetrate and resist graying from ultraviolet sunlight. And stay with the main name brands, not the off-brand "technological miracle" products. Personally, I prefer the copper-based preservative stains like Cupreanol and Rustoleum and Copper-Green and others make because it both stains and preserves without a "build" so no flaking or peeling and readily recoated as needed, though most are oil (turpentine) or naptha based.


I guess if I had to choose a water-based stain I would go with Olympic - not based on personal experience, but based on their long experience and good reputation with exterior wood stains. Though one redwood or cedar, if you can stand the graying, I think rather than an acrylic or latex water-based stain I would probably recommend no stain at all as far as protection goes - just not worth the maintenance hassle and poor looks.


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