There are two major ways to go about it – staining or painting. And while both pretty much get the job done, they still differ in terms of appearance, durability, maintenance, and cost. To help with the decision-making, we shall take you through all the subtle differences between the two finishes so you can decide which will best suit your next project here with us at Dependable.
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For projects around the house like outside walls, doors, etc. Paint is the more recommended option. Its major advantage is that it is thicker than your typical stain and will therefore need fewer coats. Also, unlike stain, paint won’t be absorbed into the surface you are painting. You end up using less amount of paint than you would stain.
Another thing that makes painting way better is that it has a wider variety of colors to choose from. You get more finishes and sheens in paint, plus it can be painted over surfaces that had been previously painted. On the other hand, the stain cannot be used over paint. Paint also comes with its drawbacks. For starters, paint costs more per gallon, and to make it more durable; you’ll need to add primer to the surface beforehand. In contrast, the stain does not require a primed surface and is, therefore, quicker to apply.
Stain and all its natural beauty
If you are coating raw wood surfaces like sidings or shingles, the stain can be the perfect alternative. It is especially good at achieving that natural, rustic finish. Stain enhances the natural look of the wood. Also, since the wood will absorb it, the stain will work to protect and preserve the beauty of the wood for a longer time.
The other good thing about staining is that it is less costly than paint. It doesn’t require much surface preparation and will usually do with just one coat applied directly onto the surface (primer is not needed). Additionally, the stain is resistant to chipping and won’t easily crack or peel like paint. Though with stains, there are fewer color options. It comes out best when the furniture you are coating already has its own appeal.