||05-03-2013 08:29 AM
A quality solid stain (not box store crap) can be applied over any nicely prepped surface without a primer including bare wood or previously painted surfaces. I liked SW's Woodscapes. It can be tinted to any color, just like paint so you have no worries on that front.
MAB made a solid acrylic stain I once liked better but I believe its formula is one SW rescued with the acquisition of the company a few years back. Woodscapes acts, smells and looks much like the MAB product I loved.
Arborcoat is the Benjamin Moore product competing with Woodscapes. Ben Moore was my fave paint supplier but I stopped working much before I ever tried Arborcoat so cannot really comment on how it went on or held up. I would stand behind the Woodscapes I put on nicely prepped surfaces though.
I actually did not do a lot of exterior work and what I did was almost always antique wood sidings, fences and garden structure having to do with old vintage homes. Solid stain made sense. Depending on what substrate you have? Primer and paint might be a better option for you. The fact that it has solid stain now just got to my sense of curiosity as to why you would be shifting to primer and paint. Does the fact you can get solid stain in the color you want shift your thinking back to stain?