Exterior Staining

As the exterior of your home is the first thing anyone sees when they visit, exterior painting, exterior staining, and restoration of your home in Pleasanton, CA, are some of the most important home renovation projects you should do. A well-maintained exterior will make your visitors feel that you’re doing everything in your power to take care of the house very well.

If you want to improve and refresh the look of your home and enhance its curb appeal, there’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint or stain. Staining may be a good alternative to painting if you want to preserve the natural color, texture, and grain of your wood siding. It’s less expensive than painting, too. It does not require more than one coat of stain, depending on the condition of your wooden siding.

Custom Painting, Inc. will add protection, charm, and beauty to your home with a professional wood stain job. To give your house exteriors a full transformation without the inconvenience and headache, Custom Painting, Inc. can make this process easier and smoother. The finest results you could ever wish for are being achieved by our team of professional and experienced painters. 


What is exterior staining?

Exterior staining is the application of stains to wooden siding. A stain is a liquid substance applied to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color to wood. Wood stains can be water-based or oil-based.

Staining the exterior of your home not only enhances its appearance but also provides a layer of protection against weathering and UV damage. It’s a project that requires careful planning and execution but can significantly improve the curb appeal and longevity of your home’s exterior.

Steps of staining a wooden exterior surface

Staining the exterior of your home involves several steps and considerations to ensure a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish. Here’s a general overview of the process:

  • Choosing the right stain – The first step is to select the appropriate type of stain for your home’s exterior. Options include solid stains, which offer more color options and a paint-like appearance; semi-transparent stains, which allow some of the wood’s natural grain to show through; and transparent stains, which are best for highlighting the wood’s natural beauty. The choice depends on the condition of the wood and the desired appearance.
  • Preparing the surface – Proper surface preparation is crucial for the stain to adhere properly and last longer. This step typically involves cleaning the exterior to remove dirt, mildew, and old paint or stain. Power washing is a cleaning method that must be done carefully to avoid damaging the wood.
  • Repairing damages – Before staining, inspect the exterior for any damaged areas, such as cracked, rotting, or splintered wood. These issues should be repaired or replaced to ensure a smooth, uniform surface for staining.
  • Sanding – Sanding may be necessary to remove old finishes or to smooth the surface, especially if the wood is rough or weathered. Sanding helps create a better surface for the stain to adhere to.
  • Applying a wood conditioner (if necessary) — For certain types of wood, applying a wood conditioner before staining can help achieve a more even finish, especially on softwoods like pine that tend to absorb stain unevenly.
  • Staining – The stain can be applied using a brush, roller, or sprayer, depending on the product and the size of the area to be covered. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and work in sections, maintaining a wet edge to avoid lap marks.
  • Drying and curing Time – The stain needs time to dry and cure after application. The required time can vary based on the type of stain, the temperature, and humidity levels. It’s crucial not to rush this process to ensure the longevity of the finish.
  • Applying a sealant (Optional) — In some cases, a sealant might be applied over the stain to provide additional protection against the elements, especially for decks or other horizontal surfaces that receive more wear and tear. However, this depends on the type of stain used and the project’s specific requirements.

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Why choose Custom Painting, Inc.?

While staining is easier than painting, and any DIY home improvement hobbyist can do the job handily, staining done by a painting contractor, such as Custom Painting, Inc., can give you the following benefits:

  • Experience and expertise
  • Painters are licensed and insured
  • Quick and efficient service
  • Use of quality paints, coatings, and equipment
  • Work safety
  • Time and cost savings
  • Guaranteed quality results

Custom Painting, Inc.’s staining services can apply to:

  • Sidings
  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Doors
  • Fences

Contact us today!

Call Custom Painting, Inc. at 925-294-8062 or fill out our online form today to discuss your staining, painting, or any home improvement project with us. We are looking forward to working with you!