You can protect the wood in two ways: with paint, which seals it under an opaque film or, perhaps better, with an exterior cabot stain. The beauty of the stains is that it is easy to apply, resistant to peeling and highlights the texture or grain of the wood. But the stain comes in a bewildering number of types. Some form a film on the top of the wood; others leave nothing but a touch of surface color.
Instead of wasting time or money with trial and error in finding the right spot for your work, take a look at the following pages. We translate confusing labels, show you some of the places where cabot stain are used, and offer advice on how to apply and maintain a finish for maximum durability. Once you make your choice and put it on, you can rest easy, knowing that your wood is well cared for. Well, at least until next spring.
What is the wood covered with now? If it is empty, choose the spot you want. But if it has a film finish, it’s easier to continue with that; Penetrating stains can not pass a film. In addition, water based cabot stain will cover oil-based stains, but not the other way around.