<<Both stores recommend going to a solid stain, since this will be the
third time the house is stained, and every time you go over it with
more semi-trans, it hides more and more grain anyway and pretty much
ends up opaque finally. So might as well go with an opaque/solid stain
at this point, which offers more protection/durability/longevity.
I agree with them. (Not that that means much!) The most important
aspect of the solid stain is that it provides a much greater UV
resistance for the wood since the rays cannot penetrate the solid
surface until it begins to degrade.
I also believe if your house was built only about 15 years ago it would
have been stained with something acrlic. Most building and remodeling
contractors stay away from oil based (including me) unless it is
needed. On original construction with a new, fresh surface it would
not have been needed. But if you are unsure, go with oil as it isn't
that much harder to work with, and then you won't have any doubts. For
the most part, oil anything over acrylic anything is not good.
Can't speak to the quality of the local stain store's goods. I have
never heard of their brand names, but that doesn't mean a thing. We
have a couple of regional paint stores here in town and they have some
unusual names to me, and their products are less expensive. But I tend
to stay with what I know works, and in your case that would be the
One more thought. If you are going to switch to solid stain, why not
paint? Most of the paint stores have a full color pallette available,
and to me, solid stain always looks like paint anyway. Just a