Staining Tips from Sikkens

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With the launch of Cetol® SRD alkyd-acrylic one-coat stain, Sikkens offers these tips to ensure a successful staining job.

Prepare surfaces properly: Make sure the surface to be stained is clean and dry. Wipe away dirt, dust, mildew, algae, moss, leaves, and loose wood fibres. Strip away previous coatings with an exterior stain remover before applying new stain. Let new wood settle for at least a month before staining.

Have a plan: If using more than a gallon, intermix batches to ensure colour consistency.

Sand both new and aged wood with 80 to 120 grit paper to open the pores and always sand – and stain – in the direction of the wood grain. To avoid lap marks, start at one edge and follow through to the end of the board maintaining a wet edge. For better protection, apply a coat of stain on all six sides of the plank.

Watch the weather: The best time to stain is when the temperature is between 10°C and 35°C. Wait at least 48 hours after a rainfall or washing before starting your job. Hold off on staining when rain, dew or frost is present or expected within 24 to 48 hours.

Tools matter: Wood planks become warped with time, so a paint brush – not a roller – is the best tool to apply a stain. Use brushes that are specifically designed for wood staining.

Don’t cut corners: Be patient, wait for the right conditions, and your job will last longer. Never apply stain in the direct sunlight or on surfaces hot to the touch as it will reduce penetration of the coating and increase the risk of peeling.

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