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How to Stain and Restain Wood Storage Buildings

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Hello again, everyone! I’d like to share some of my thoughts on how to go about staining different types of wood such as pine wood siding and pressure treated wood. You may be thinking about adding a little extra appeal to your wooden storage building by staining its walls a deep shade of brown. Or, you may want to emphasize the natural, light-colored wood of your storage building. Whatever your plan, the process of staining wood is relatively easy and can give your building a distinctive look. Here is some information on the process of staining a wooden storage building.

Supplies Needed for Staining Wood

You will need to decide what type of stain you want to use on your storage building. There are solid color stains that give a building rich color. Solid color stains are also excellent for protecting the wood against harsh weather elements. A semi-transparent stain is another option. It also protects wood and emphasizes its unique grain as well as its texture. Stains are available with a water or oil base. Once you choose a supply of wood stain, there are a few other items to get. You need a paint brush with natural bristles or a foam brush to apply the stain. Also, a pair of rubber gloves helps you to keep your hands clean. A few old rags always come in handy for areas that need a quick touch-up. You’ll also need a mild detergent, a bucket of water and a garden hose.

How to Stain Wood

The first step in the process of staining wood is to clean the surface of the building. Materials such as dirt, dust or loose wood fibers can prevent the wood from absorbing the stain. You can use a mild detergent and water to do the cleaning. After the walls are clean, rinse them using the garden hose and allow them to dry. Remember: Before staining a pine wood or pressure treated wood you must make sure it’s completely dry. Washing the walls of the building on a hot, sunny day is a wise idea. When you start to apply the stain to a wall, it’s important to brush in the direction of the wood’s grain. Finish one wall of the building, and then examine it to see if there are any places you missed. Follow these same steps for each wall of the building. I suggest that you consult the directions on the can of stain to see how long it takes to dry. Once they are 100% dry, you’ll be able to determine whether you want to apply another coat of stain to make the walls darker.

The Steps Involved in Restaining Wood

I just outlined the process of how to stain wood. But, what do you do if a wood storage building has a coat of stain that you want to change? Well, first you need a chemical stripping agent to remove the old stain. Apply the agent to the wood with a paint brush. Then, let it dry for the amount of time specified by the manufacturer. Using a putty knife, you scrape off the old stain that is beginning to peel away from the wood. Once all of the old stain is removed, you have to sand the surface of the wood in preparation for a brand new coat of stain. Of course, the wood must be clean before putting on the first coat. As you can see, restaining wood is a project that takes a little more time and effort than staining a wooden storage building for the first time.

I wish you luck with your staining projects and I know your storage buildings will look twice as appealing after you’re finished! Thanks, Alan

Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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