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Old 06-04-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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I'm hoping that photo worked.. not really sure how to embed a photo.
Anyhoo, We've done something like the attached photo to our front porch with the brown Lowes "cedar look" pressure treated lumber. HOwever. I'm concerned about staining. I don't want the outdoor "paint" stain. It all looks the same and it doesn't even look like it was stained. Can you use the wipe on stain outside if you seal it well? Will it stain well? Do I have to sand it finely before?
I'm a complete pressure treated newbie.

Please help! I'd love my brown pressure treated wood to look like that photo!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Not sure what you have been looking at as far as stains.
Sounds like you may have been looking at soild stain which would look more like it was painted.
Stain comes in many differant finsihes. Here's a stain guide for beginers.
http://www.cabotstain.com/ideas-and-...m=deck%20stain

And no I would not be using any wipe on finishes, there not made for outside use.

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I'm hoping that photo worked.. not really sure how to embed a photo.
Can you use the wipe on stain outside if you seal it well? Will it stain well? Do I have to sand it finely before?
I'm a complete pressure treated newbie.

Please help! I'd love my brown pressure treated wood to look like that photo!
If your referring to an interior wiping stain like Minwax, or any interior stain, the answer is absolutely NO. Interior stains will not perform outside, regardless of any ext. top coats applied. Trust me, I've seen it fail several times, quickly too. Even with multiple coats of ext. varnish.
An ext. deck toner like Olympic 'canyon brown' might be close to what your looking for. Toners look similar to interior wiping stains.
Sanding first on ext. wood is a good idea IMO.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "wipe on" either. Just get an oil based translucent or semi-clear stain (made for exterior use) and you'll be fine.
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