Your thoughts on my staining dilemma? (Another sucker that fell for Behr)
I have a staining dilemma and was hoping someone could toss out some ideas/options. I am redoing my house with white cedar shingles. So far I have only done one wall, the front of the garage. Unfortunately, before I knew any better, I stained it with Behr "Premium" Semi-Transparent. It is the natural color, but I was upset to see it turned out like tan paint.
I will be doing a wall adjacent to this garage wall soon with the shingles, but I don't want to keep using Behr stain after the horror stories I have read here. Also, I would prefer to use a stain with a truly natural appearance so that the shingles still look like white cedar or only slightly darker when I am done.
Thus my dilemma...Should I just leave the Behr stain on for now and have the garage be a different color than the rest of the house? Should I attempt to remove the stain that I just put up? I would love to strip and/or sand it off but I'm worried that it won't come completely off and a light stain will never look right on this wall.
It should strip fairly easily with Sherwin Williams Stain remover - it is marketed for removing semi-transparent stain from decks. I just used it to strip my mahogany front porch with no problems (i had 3 coats of Semi-trans on it). Make sure you neutralize after stripping.
If you like the look of the shingles without stain on them then just use Sherwin Williams clear stain. But make sure it is UV resistant or your shingles will gray within a year.