On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 4:36:03 PM UTC-4, badgolferman wrote:
I've always used solid stain. The essential difference is that paint
forms more of a tough film coating, the downside of that is that it's
more prone to peeling than a solid stain. I've seen neglected, old
siding with stain that never peeled, while the trim that used paint
was peeling. There are other variables there, but that's one point
I think worth considering. Anything that peels, especially something
with a lot of detail, like balusters, the amount of prep work goes
The way I understand it, the more pigment in the stain, the beter it is for
Enough pigment and it looks like paint. At least that is the way my deck
looked when I stained with the high pigment.
| What do you prefer for using on your deck, stain or paint? Seems to me
| paint would last longer. Currently I have stain that was put on thick
| years ago but it needs to be redone now.
This has been discussed a couple of times recently.
Acrylic stain is junk. Solid oil-base stain is probably
no longer available. Urethane reinforced deck paint is
good, but down the road when it peels it's a mess
because the paint film is very hard and difficult to
If you already have stain then you have a kind of
suspension coating the deck. You should probably
use whatever you used last time. Even if it's acrylic
stain, at least that's easy to put on. Having used
it already you've ruined the surface for paint. If you
put paint over that then you'll have a film that's not
bonded to the wood -- only to the stain.
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