staining and restaining log siding

Old 03-20-16, 07:22 AM
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staining and restaining log siding

I'm about to buy pine siding for my cottage and I'm a little confused about the coloured stain sealants. My idea was to buy a translucent or semi transparent stain and reapply every year or two. From what I've read, I would have to strip everything off, sand and then reapply. That seems like way too much work to do every couple years. Would I be better to apply a regular wood stain (not the deck/siding sealant type) and then add a clear sealant on top? Then I could just reapply the clear coat without all that prep work?
Old 03-20-16, 08:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

I've heard of having to remove old paint but not old deck/siding stain.

That said, doing this every year or two is a huge job; have you thought about a less maintenance intensive product?
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Not all siding stains are the same. I assume you are referring to the waterborne stains which have a recoat window after which you can't apply another coat unless the stain is removed or wears considerably. Generally you can recoat the stain after it's weathered and been cleaned. Most oil base translucent/toner or semi-transparent stains can be recoated at any time.

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