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Exterior Solid Stains

Solid Color Stain vs. Traditional Paint

Solid color stain looks like paint, but soaks into wood instead of sitting on top of it. As it ages, stain breaks down by fading rather than peeling. Older layers of solid color stain tend to look better than paint does over time. Talk to our residential painting experts at Five Star Painting about your options and discover if solid color stain is the right option for you!

Solid stain provides a flat finish, which showcases wood grain. If there are a number of imperfections in the wood, the stain would highlight those as well. Though it doesn’t have quite the same longevity as paint, solid color stain is much easier to prepare and apply. Our contractors won’t be required to scrape and prime, as would be necessary with painting.


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Where Can Solid Color Stain Be Used?

Solid color stain is available for wood, concrete and even brick surfaces. In addition to wood and concrete, solid stain can be used on aluminum siding, hardboard, and substrates—all of which would need to be primed before stain.

Five Star Painting is happy to provide exterior home staining services to these additional parts of your home. To maintain beauty and prevent damage, horizontal surfaces require more frequent maintenance than upright structures.

Benefits of Solid Color Stain

One of the benefits of using a solid color stain is that you often have as many options as you would with a traditional paint color. A solid stain can be used on new or previously painted wood since a solid color will cover the previous color completely.

When choosing a solid color stain, keep the following in mind:

  • When testing out stain colors on a small section of wood, let the area completely dry before deciding whether or not it is the right choice. Stain color can change once a top coat is applied and the wood thoroughly dries.
  • Test the colors of stain like you would paint and check it out at different times of the day, including night—just turn the porch light on!
  • To figure out which color, identify the boldest feature of your home’s exterior that will not be changing. Pick a color that’s opposite of that dominating feature on a color wheel, and you will have a complementary color scheme.

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Remember, your exterior home painting expert is there to help. We’re licensed, trained, and professional. Trust us to help you achieve your ideal curb appeal! Ready for a new look? Schedule a free estimate online today!

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