There are a number of different types of exterior wood stain which can be bought in home improvement stores. While looking at the latex non-penetrative stains, and the oil-based penetrative ones, you may also have noticed a gel stain. This device comes in a small tube, rather than a tin, and can be applied directly to the wood, without the need for a second count.
The Advantages of Using a Gel Stain
The gel stain is a relatively new invention in the school of exterior woof staining, and is considered by some to have a better spread across wooden furniture, and the coloring of a stain is also more easily controlled using a gel, so you can get a more even finish. Gel stain does not need to be applied with a brush, making the work quicker and more satisfying.
The Disadvantages of a Gel Stain
Gel stains typically cannot be used on woods which have previously been waxed, coated, or otherwise treated. In addition, these stains do not contain any kind of protection against mold and other diseases, so you would still need a finish or stain to ensure that the wood doesn't rot. In addition, the gel stain requires another sealant in order to finish the job of treating the wood, which is an additional expense.