Coating Options

Clear Stains

clear stainsThese stains are specially formulated with a unique blend of resin and oil to provide superior natural finish for bare wood. The stain accents the beauty of natural wood and provides protection against the damaging effects of moisture, helping guard the wood against warping, checking, and mildew.

Life Expectancy: 1-3 years, no finish warranty

Semi-Transparent Stains

oil semi-transparentDeep penetrating, oil-based stains beautify and protect exterior wood. These lightly pigmented stains enhance the natural beauty of the wood by allowing the grain, texture, and color variations within the wood to show through. They are water repellant, mildew resistant and, when properly applied, won’t crack, peel or blister.

Life Expectancy: 2-5 years, 5-year warranty available

Semi-Solid Stains

oil semi-solid stainsRichly pigmented, deep penetrating oil-based stains provide long lasting beauty and wood protection. These unique stains provide greater hiding power than semi-transparent stains, while the attractive flat finish highlights the natural beauty of the wood’s texture. With the extra pigmentation, Semi-Solid Stains are durable and help protect wood against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. They are also water-repellent, mildew resistant and, when properly applied, won’t crack, peel or blister.

Semi-Solid Stains are ideal for use when wood hiding coverage is desired, yet penetrating wood protection is needed. They also provide an outstanding value as a one-coat finish for re-coating previously semi-transparent stained surfaces. 

Life Expectancy: 2-5 years, no finish warranty


Solid Stains

Oil and Acrylic Solid Color Stains

cabot oil and acrylic solid color stainsA premium finish for wood siding and trim, the solid color oil formulations are stains that are oil-based, offering tremendous hiding power as well as resisting cracking, peeling and blistering. These stains produce a water-repellent, mildew-resistant, durable, flat finish that will last for years.

The solid color 100% acrylic formulation guarantees against cracking, peeling and blistering for 12 years on new wood. Solid Color Acrylic Stains are richly pigmented, fade resistant and provide a flat, opaque finish that is water repellent and mildew resistant.

One-Coat Low-Lustre

Combines the durability and penetration of an alkyd oil stain with the adhesive and extractive bleed-preventing properties of a primer. The result is a unique product that, in just one coat, offers outstanding durability backed by a 5-year written warranty.

Latex Top Coat

sherwin williamsProvides a long-lasting, fade-resistant finish that is 100% acrylic based. The Machine Finish is formulated specifically for factory application and is mildew resistant, water repellent, and resists marring and scratching. This product can be used on both wood and cement board siding and trim. These coatings carry up to a 25-year warranty. Unlimited colors are available.


About Life Expectancy

Our life expectancy timelines provide a realistic expectation of how long a finish might last. The life expectancy of a finish is highly dependent on type and degree of exposure to external/environmental factors. These timelines are NOT warranties.


Oil vs Water

Most stains are available in both oil and water-based products. We provide either type (only water-based products are used on fiber cement). The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association recommends oil based stains and primers, which is our default product of choice for wood.

If water based stain is desired, two coats are typically required versus one coat of the same product in oil. This is because oil stains penetrate much better than water based counterparts.


Custom Color Matching

We specialize in custom colors. Choose from the color palette of any paint brand and we can match it with solid color stain or paint. Have a special color in mind? Provide a sample and we can do that too.

While transparent and semi-transparent colors are more difficult to custom match, we use the most popular brands including Cabot, Sherwin Williams, an PPG. 


Warranty Information

Manufacturer warranties are available for many of the finishes we offer. Copies of warranties are included with your order. READ WARRANTIES CAREFULLY. Warranties require registration and may require periodic maintenance.

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