Dulux Ultimate Exterior Woodstain Review
Dulux ultimate woodstain has by far the best opacity out of any on the list. This product dries faster than the other oil-based alternatives too. Unfortunately, these plus points come with a downside. Dulux Ultimate doesn’t level off very well and you can often see brush marks. That isn’t to say it’s not a great product, because it is. There is a time and place when Dulux Ultimate woodstain comes into its own.
If you aim to restore and recoat previously stained timber work that has taken a battering or has a few chips, then Dulux Ultimate is perfect. As part of your prep you should die any bare wood within the chips on the timber. Then because Dulux Ultimate covers so well, it tends to blend everything in again and make it look solid.
All you need to do is take care when laying off to avoid those dreaded brush marks. It isn’t very good for large panels such as doors.
You can pick this product up at any Dulux Decorating Center, or click here to see online prices.
Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain Review
Sadolin Extra Durable is an easy woodstain to write about. Great finish, but very slow drying!! For bare timber you should build up the depth if colour with another product such as Sadolin Classic woodstain. It is worth mentioning Sadolin have a great reputation for longevity and although I haven’t tested these products side by side and left them to weather, Sadolin Extra is the one I think would outperform the others against the test of time. This is the woodstain I use on the exterior of my own house.
Do not make the mistake of using this product inside. Without good airflow it simply takes way too long to dry. We’re talking days!! The drying times are enough of a problem when using it on the exterior of a property. You can pick this product up at any Crown Decorating Centre, or click here to see online prices.
Sikkens Woodstain Review
Good old reliable brand of woodstain, Sikkens is now owned by Akzo Nobel who also own Dulux. Sikkens Filter 7 Plus is the exterior stain you need; however, it has poor opacity so it is best using it to recoat previously stained timber, or to topcoat over Sikkens Centol HLS Plus. So, for bare timber you need to apply two different products.
Although the opacity can be a pain, the overall finish of Sikkens Filter 7 plus is to die for. You will find it slow drying, so it is best to apply the stain on a warm day. Brush marks level off nicely and you will be left with an even, rich glossy colour over your timber. Honestly, the finish is stunning.
Not surprisingly, this product is available from Dulux Decorating Centres, as well as a wide range of other stockists. I think I’m right in saying they are the market leader in wood stains. Click here to see online prices.
Water-Based Woodstain Alternatives
Every brand I have mentioned up to this point comes with a water-based counterpart. These do come with certain benefits; They are quick drying, easy clean up, better for the environment and a lot easier to use. In fact, they fly on (it does look a bit dodgy before the stain is dry).
There are also a few negatives with water-based stains opposed to oil. Adhesion between new and previous coating can, on occasion be poor. Your water-based woodstain may start to flake after a year or so, particularly if the previous coating was oil-based, or your prep wasn’t up to scratch. Even if it does adhere, your finish won’t last as long as an oil-based would.
That being said, it is still a viable option and can look great. Ronseal is probably the best water-based woodstain on the market, but they are all similar.
Osmo Oil Review
I didn’t know whether to include Osmo Oil or not. It isn’t a stain, but it is very popular for exterior timberwork and can look good. It is used on cedar as the soft wood tends to absorb the oil well. There are a few limitations. Osmo oil can’t be applied over previously sealed wood unless it was sealed with Osmo oil. You will need to apply extra coats when going over new timber to help with longevity. Plus, you have to re-coat every couple of years because it just doesn’t last. Only apply thin coats or the product will fail and try to work it into the timber. Click here to see online prices.
So sorry, I wish I could have just put one product forward and named it “the best exterior woodstain”, but as I said, it isn’t that easy. I hope this blog has helped you out though. I still love using all of the above woodstains for different reasons, and they all have their place.
One more point I’d like to make, the best brush for woodstain is, in my opinion, the Kana Tank. It’s a specialist brush, developed specifically for stain, varnish and oil. Well worth checking out. Click here to see online prices.
Best Exterior Woodstain – by Mike Gregory