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How to Prepare Exterior Wood for Staining by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore carries a full line of wood stains and finishes to protect and beautify your deck.

Whether you are doing the job yourself
or hiring a contractor to do the work, you should have a thorough understanding
of the staining process. The following information offers some guidelines for preparing
your home's exterior wood surfaces for staining.
Timing
The best time to stain your home's exterior, deck siding, or outdoor furniture
is when temperatures are moderate (above 50°F, but below 95°F),
the humidity is low to average, and there is no rain in the immediate forecast.
Ideally, you should have three to four consecutive dry days prior to
beginning any exterior staining project.
Tools for the Job
Benjamin Moore offers a complete line of brushes and rollers designed to
work with wood stains. Alkyd or oil-based stains should be applied with
natural-bristle brushes. Synthetic-bristle brushes are ideal for latex or waterborne
wood stains. The following is a list of tools and supplies for exterior
staining projects. Speak to your Benjamin Moore retailer
for advice on the right application methods and
products for your particular project.

Stain brushes or pad applicators
Benjamin Moore rollers and roller covers
Stain mitt
Sprayer
Caulk
Gloves
Hose or power washer
Paint scraper
Painter's tape
Rags
Sandpaper
Wire brush

Surface Preparation
To achieve the best results, be sure to take the time to properly prepare
the surface to be stained. As with paint, proper preparation is the key to a
successful staining job that will last. See the following categories to find which
best describes the condition of your wood, and how to prepare it for staining.
New wood
"mill glaze" is found on new, smooth planed wood, and interferes
with the adhesion and penetration of stain.
Use Benjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317)
to remove the mill glaze found on all new wood.

Unfinished wood
Use Benjamin Moore CLEAN Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318)
to prepare wood for staining. CLEAN removes mold and mildew.

Maintained finished wood  
Use Benjamin Moore CLEAN Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318)
to keep stained surfaces looking crisp as well as to
prepare for regular maintenance touch-ups.

Mildewed/neglected wood
Use Benjamin Moore RESTORE Wood Restorer (316)
to remove dead wood fibers and for cleaning. Please note that
Benjamin Moore RESTORE darkens tannin-rich woods such as
cedar and redwood.
Use Benjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317)
to reverse the darkening effect.

Worn/Stained wood
Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315)
to remove existing oil and/or latex finishes as well as to remove opaque
solid color stains and water sealers from wood prior to
refinishing or restoration.
Use Benjamin Moore BRIGHTEN Brightener and Neutralizer (317)
to neutralize Benjamin Moore REMOVE residue.

Tannin-rich woods (cedar, redwood)
Use Benjamin Moore Alkyd Primer (366)
to control tannin bleeding when using
solid color stains, particularly under lighter colors.
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