Exterior Stains - Water Base vs Oil Base
Water Base Stains
"They sure don't make it like they used to". That's right. They make it better. Water based stains are as good as oil. Sure, there is the occasional wood that distinctly leans toward the use of water base or oil base applications, but today we have two choices. What are we after? Good looks, good protection, good durability. Start off with a high quality water-based stain and you are on the way. Research and development in the stain industry is at an all-time high. On this side of the stain fence water-based stains are standing brush to brush with their oil base stain counter parts. With the development of specialized polymers, the water-based industry can now mix up a formula with great UV protectors, midewcide additives, and great shades and colors. Clean-up is a definite "Pro" on the side of water base products. A little dish washing liquid in a bucket and clean-up is a snap. Most of the waterborne products are very eco-friendly or "Green". Contact the knowledge of the industry. Talk to pros, gather as much information about the water-based stain and oil-based stain industry as possible. Don't forget labor, discuss this process with professionals at every opportunity. Water-based stains will condition and protect your wood. Oil-based stains will condition and protect your wood. Mother Nature is bringing her finest to infiltrate your wood's defenses. Do your wood a favor, take good care of it.
Oil Base Stain
"Go Old School"
Without a doubt, over the past fifty years more oil base stains have been applied than water based stains. Does this make oil base better? The old adages 'Replace the oils in your wood", "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. Maybe oil-based stains are better, wait, maybe water-based stains are better. Technology on both sides of this industry has come a long way. There are a handful of woods that respond distinctly better with an oil stain but the same could be said for waterborne stains as well. Better refinement of the oils, cleaner oils, and synthetic oils mixed with UV protection, mildew protection have all brought the oil base stain industry to new levels in both performance and eco-friendly. Great natural shades and colors are still available. The technology is there, the past performance is there, going with a high quality oil-based stain is a good pick. Do your research, talk to stain professionals in the oil-base stain manufacturing, talk to professionals on the application side. Oil base stain will protect your wood, oil-based stain will condition your wood. Every element this earth has to offer is coming to call on your logs, sidings, rails, etc. Do yourself and your wood a favor, Take good care of it.