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Summer Spotlight: Exterior Staining with George Apap Painting

Summer Spotlight: Exterior Staining with George Apap Painting

When working on the exterior of a home, we take a variety of things into consideration.

For example, the hot sun breaks down the lignin that holds wood fibers together. This can leave a grayish surface that cannot hold a finish.

Add water or rain on top of that (which then can rot boards/shingles) and even worst case scenario: compromise structures.

Let us walk you through this recent exterior staining project our George Apap Painting team worked on.

(Painter, Kenny Keefer, working hard on this job pictured below).


Although you can safeguard wood with paint (which seals it under an opaque film) an exterior stain makes a beautiful finish.


Stain is easy to apply and brings out wood's texture or grain. Stain comes in a variety of different variations: Resins and Oils, Pigments, Additives & Solvents.


Steps to Take Before Staining

If there is prior paint or stain on the wood, remove it with a paint or stain stripper.

  • Clean the wood with a wood/deck cleaner.
  • Inspect for mold and mildew and treat with an appropriate product to remove.
  • If you have a weathered solid color on your wood already, check for adhesion.
  • If old stain or wood flakes come off, use a stripper to remove the existing stain & sand as necessary.


Color stains are similar to semi-transparent finishes when it comes to protection. The biggest difference is that color stains have higher pigment levels, making them ideal for outdoor furniture, siding, and deck rails. They also allow more of the natural wood to shine through than solid paint and have longer lifespan than their oil-based counterparts.

Product used on this project

Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat, Semi Transparent/ Water-Based Stain.

Take a look at some benefits of this product.


  • Provides protection and color while still allowing the grain pattern and texture of the wood to show through
  • Suitable for use on all types of wooden decking, siding and furniture
  • Superior UV protection
  • Resists blistering, peeling, stains, and scuffs
  • Mildew resistant
  • Ideal for softwoods like cedar and pine
  • Available in 75 colors

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