staining outdoor trim

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Old 11-28-03, 04:41 AM
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staining outdoor trim

I am going to use stain on some outdoor wood and realize how little I know about stain vs. paint.

I have six 4X4 pressure treated posts supporting a roof over a deck. I want to wrap them in 1X4 smooth pine boards. The stain will not be the transparent kind, but the stuff that looks like paint (See, I don't even know what it's called. )

1) Should I use wood that comes pre-primed or raw wood?
2) Other than light sanding, should the wood be prepared in any way, or just start with the stain?
3) Should I stain all 6 surfaces of the wood or leave the backside raw?
4) What can I use to fill any voids at the seams? If I were using paint, I'd fill with a paintable caulk. Can I do the same with stain?

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Old 11-28-03, 06:43 AM
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1. Staining raw wood works best.
2. Sanding should be fine for outdoor staining.
3. If it will be exposed to the rain, do all 6 surfaces.
4. There is color caulk. You may be able to find some to match.

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Old 11-28-03, 09:57 AM
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Thanks, Chris.
 
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