How to Choose a Wood Stain Color
Wood stain color selection for any wood project should be based on the substrate and the age of the wood. All Wood Defender™ stains are created to protect and seal wood from the elements of the outdoors. The oil-based formula penetrates the surface to prevent mold and mildew growth, shield the wood from harmful UV rays, and increase water resistance.
Our wood stain color guide will help you choose the best option, but we always recommend testing the wood stain before fully applying to ensure it provides the desired look.
Semi-Transparent Fence Stain
The Wood Defender Semi-Transparent Fence Stain is our best-selling product, earning it “The Contractor’s Choice” stamp of approval. The stain is formulated to excel on aged structures that have to be cleaned prior to application but also performs well on new wood surfaces. It has a unique pigment combination that provides unparalleled UV protection and better coverage overall. Our semi-transparent fence stain is backed by a three-year warranty and often lasts up to six years, depending on the application rate.
Transparent Fence Stain
The Wood Defender Transparent Fence Stain is formulated to highlight the wood’s grain and other positive characteristics. It is often used on new cedar or redwood fences that have a lot of natural beauty to amplify, as well as for pre-stain facilities that choose to stain outdoor building materials prior to install. Our transparent fence stain carries a two-year warranty and often lasts up to four years, depending on the application rate.
Multi-Purpose Wood Stain & Seal
The Wood Defender 200 Series Wood Stain & Seal is formulated to repel water and resist the impact of UV light, and contains anti-mildew and anti-fungal additives that prevent graying during the life of the stain. It also cures faster than other fence stains, making it the recommended product for decks or any surface that will be walked on or tracked. The 200 Series Wood Stain & Seal is often used by contractors and homeowners looking for one product to use in multiple outdoor applications.
Semi-Solid Latex Wood Stain
The Wood Defender Semi-Solid Latex Wood Stain is a good exterior finish for wood fencing and other wood substrates in areas where waterborne stains are preferred or required. So it is often used to restore a surface that was previously coated with a waterborne wood stain. The formula penetrates the wood to prevent peeling, chipping, and flaking, and is also mildew- and fade-resistant.
The Perfect Color for Every Project
If you have a color in mind that we don’t make, we can create a custom stain or color match. Once you pick a product and submit your request, our team will get to work formulating a custom color to meet your needs.
To request a custom color, please call 800-658-KOTE.