Yellow pine wood outdoors but covered, paint it or stain it?
I am making a patio cover out of 2 x 10 yellow pine. I'll be using clear acrylic panels for the cover. I think I'd like to bleach the wood (to start with uniform color) and use a semi transparent stain for the finish.
But I am not an expert in this area and would like to see if someone with more experiance has any thoughts on semi transparent stain versus paint versus solid color stain.
Just to be sure what you are saying, the pine will be possibly in the sun, but out of the rain...is that correct?
If you wish to use a semi transparent stain, be aware that they have a shorter life span than a solid colour stain. Out of the weather the semi will last fairly well, but if the sun (U.V.) gets at it, then not so much.
If you use two coats of semi transparent, making sure to keep stirring the pot while you are staining to keep the solids in suspension, you will find that you get a far more even colour, while still having the wood show through, even though only slightly.
If you want less work, then solid colour stain will be both easier to apply and will last longer before needing to be re-coated.