June 05, 2012 10:10 ET

The Do's & Don'ts of Exterior Wood Stains

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 5, 2012) -

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Now that the warm weather is here, you'll probably want to spend more time enjoying your backyard and your deck - but if your deck is looking past its best, you may want to consider applying exterior wood stains to freshen it up.

Nature presents exterior wood with a host of challenges. The moisture in rain and snow can cause swelling, mold, mildew and even rotting, while the heat of summer can make wood shrink, crack, fade and warp.

Wood stains can provide protection from the elements by repulsing water and reflecting harmful UV rays. They are also versatile and easy to apply - from door and window stains to deck stains, fence stains and siding stains - but care should be taken to ensure effective results. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when applying exterior wood stains to your deck, siding or doors and windows.

Application Do's

  • Apply when surface and air temperature is between 10ºC and 35ºC (50ºF and 95ºF)
  • Stir wood stains well before using
  • Saturate all end grains, nail holes, cavities and cracks in the wood
  • Maintain a wet edge to prevent lap marks
  • Apply in the direction of the wood grain

Application Don'ts

  • Do not apply in direct sunlight
  • Do not apply when the surface is hot to the touch
  • Do not apply when dew, rain or frost is present or expected within five hours
  • Do not apply when moisture content of the wood is greater than 18%
  • Do not thin

Before applying wood stains, please carefully read instructions specific to each product.

Other factors may require attention prior to any application of wood stains. The shiny surfaces (mill glaze) found on some woods, for example, can prevent coatings from penetrating, and should be sanded beforehand. Colour tests are also useful: to confirm the colour you can expect to achieve, use a sample of the wood you intend to treat and apply the appropriate number of coats.

So prepare for summer by enhancing your home's natural beauty with exterior wood stains. Whether it's your deck, doors, windows or siding, Sikkens has the right exterior wood stain for your project.

Passion for Perfection

Sikkens has been in business since 1792, and is committed to providing the highest quality products - including door and window stains, deck stains, fence stains and siding stains - through the use of the most advanced technology and manufacturing processes. Sikkens wood stains have been rigorously tested to ensure that they outlast even the harshest Canadian weather, and will protect and enhance wood's natural beauty.

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