Hayward offers a selection of paints, stains and all of the accessories needed to compete the job, including all of the newest stain colors. Stains come in colors similar to house paint, and it’ important to know whether they’re a match for the wood, to avoid an undesirable result.
As a general rule, smooth lumber, such as redwood or cedar, holds paint best. Typically, applying two coats of acrylic latex paint over a stain-blocking acrylic latex primer or an oil-base primer results in the longest-lasting paint job. The primer seals the wood so it won’t bleed through the top coat of paint. In general, the less expensive the paint, the fewer pigments and binders, which results in more or heavier coats than with better quality paints.
The only true stains are the oil-base semitransparent stains that penetrate the wood and don’t form a surface film like paint. Semitransparent stains don’t hide the wood grain and won’t blister or peel, even if moisture penetrates the wood. They create a natural look, particularly on rough-sawed woods. Opaque, solid-color stains obscure the natural wood color and grain of siding with a surface film that can peel and flake, but the surface texture of the wood shows through. Both protect wood from sunlight damage.
Use a water-repellent preservative as a natural finish or as a treatment for bare wood before priming and painting or in areas where old paint has peeled, exposing bare wood. The preservatives don’t contain coloring pigments, but they will darken the color of the wood when used as a natural finish. The first application of the preservative will last one or two years on smooth surfaces and up to three on rough-sawed surfaces.
Flat surfaces like decks take special care because of the abuse they take from the sun, rain, and grinding wear. Semitransparent stains or a water-repellent preservative are the best choice for decks.