I need help choosing the best outdoor stain

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I need to re-stain these natural cedar steps. Can anybody recommend
a good outdoor stain that DOES NOT need stripping?
q help choosing best outdoor stain, exterior home painting, painting, stairs
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 18, 2016
    Try researching Super Deck or Cabots stains.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Apr 18, 2016
    Use a "Marine" varnish (varathane) product, meant for a boat in water, so will hold up in best of outdoor weather conditions.
  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 18, 2016
    I've used Cabots stain in the past and been very happy with results. Wished I stuck to Cabots last year when I redid the deck...very sad I didn't.
  • William William on Apr 18, 2016
    Cedar is a tight grain, high resin wood. It needs to breathe. The new finish needs to penetrate into the wood. Finishing too soon leads to inadequate absorption; finishing too late means the coating may have been applied to weathered wood, which reduces the performance of finishes. The first step in refinishing a Cedar is to clean it. Scrubbing your steps with warm soapy water will remove dirt, but diluted household (oxygen based) bleach will be required to remove mildew. After the steps have been cleaned and rinsed down they should be allowed to dry. Refinishing the steps with semi-transparent stain or transparent stains and water-repellents is relatively easy as the finish can simply be reapplied using a brush, pad, or roller. The stain will easily penetrate some areas of the steps surface which have become more porous after weathering. In other areas, there may be a tendency for the finish to sit on the surface of the wood. Try to prevent this occurrence by removing the excess finish with a brush. If you apply too much stain when refinishing your steps, the stain will form a film on the surface and will behave like a paint requiring more extensive maintenance (stripping of the finish) in the future.
  • Ronald Holt Ronald Holt on Apr 18, 2016
    Valspar at Lowes has a great stain and you can have it made any color you wish, I just finished building a new storage shed and di mine in Copper Verde and it is absolutely beautiful. The stain really soaks in and seals the wood completely. I went the extra mile and put a light coat of urethane on it to protect it from Ultra Violet rays and extreme hot and cold weather.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 19, 2016
    As Nancy suggested, Cabot is good. I got tired of stains and used Tung oil. It will darken the colour a little. You could try it on an inconspicuous spot first. Danish oil or similar would also work. I touch up every Spring although don't think I'd have to.
  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Apr 19, 2016
    I wouldn't use stain. Tung oil is the best.
  • This is something new I have just tried on my exterior oak door. You might look into it. It leaves a beautiful finish, comes in all colors and finishes and lets the wood breathe. http://www.penofin.com
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