Semi-Transparent or Solid Stains

Below, you will find a FAQ from the Paint Quality Institute that will apprise you of the differences between semi-transparent and solid-body stains. Chism Brothers Painting is very well educated on current products and what is best to use for your home. Please don't hesitate to call or email us with your questions. One thing to remember when re-coating over a semi-transparent stain with another coat is that finish appears more opaque. This is important to be aware of because semi-transparent stain can require more maintenance.

Q: From time to time we have to do staining. When should I consider a semi-transparent vs. a solid or opaque stain?

A: This depends very much on the desired look or appearance you want and on durability you want. To see the natural grain structure of the wood you should chose a semitransparent stain. Semitransparent stains have a thinner consistency and use less pigment. Solid color stains have a higher pigment content (more consistent with paint). As a result solid color stains go on thicker, and generally last longer than semitransparent stains. Top quality semitransparent stains usually last a minimum of 3 years while solid color stains last a minimum of 5 years before needing re-staining.

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