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Old 09-04-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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Outdoor Stain


I am trying to refinish a small wood staircase railing on my outdoor patio. I've got it sanded down and ready for a new coat of stain. I want a darker espresso color, but have not been able to find an outdoor stain of this color around. Most of them are lighter shades.

My question is, can I use an indoor stain on this railing? The railing is covered so it won't be exposed to rain but will be exposed to sunlight/temps/humidity. There is a much larger selection of indoor colors versus outdoor.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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Outdoor stains have all kinds of things in the chemistry interior stains to do not. Good stains have UV protection for instance so they do not fade so fast.

I don't understand why you would be having trouble finding dark stains at a real paint store? Most companies make semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid stains in factory colors from clear or very light to ebony and black. Things like SW Woodscapes acrylic can be tinted to any color. I would not use a solid stain on decking but would on railings and things depending on how much of the wood grain color your want to preserve.

Here are color charts I found from Sikkens (there are certainly more for this brand) and Cabot for semi-transparents.






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Old 09-05-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thanks....this input is very helpful. I think my problem was that I just went to HD/Lowes and they had a very limited selection. Looks like I'll be headed to the Sherwin Williams.

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