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Shutters Staining

Proper staining is an important maintenance to keep your shutters protected from the elements and save home owners the cost of replacement in the long run. In the hot Austin Texas weather, its recommended to stain your wood shutters every 3-5 years. Unprotected wood can become susceptible to mold and mildew which decreases the life of the shutters.

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Shutters Staining FAQ’s

  • Q: Does my shutters need to be cleaned before it can be stained?
    A: If it is Grey then it will need to be cleaned. The grey is actually an algae. We clean most of the shutterss we stain. If your shutters is new or still appears new then it is unnecessary to clean it.
  • Q: How do you clean a shutters?
    A: We typically use a bleach based cleaning solution followed by a water rinse, without any pressure washing. If there is a previous stain on shutters (or an older shutters), pressure washing will be needed.

  • Q: How do you apply stain?
    A: We hand brush the shutters.
  • Q: What type of stain do you use?
    A: We use Cabot brand Oil Based stains, Although very expensive, we have found these to be the longest lasting stains on the market.
  • Q: How much stain will you use on my shutters?
    A: Typically we will use 1 gallon of stain per 170-190sf.
  • Q: When will my freshly stained wood be ready for rain or sprinklers?
    A: With temperatures into the 70s and 80’s the stain is usally water ready withing 2-4 hours.
  • Q: What is the most overlooked detail regarding a staining project?
    A: Definitely the product. Here in Texas, an inferior product (and most of them are inferior, including Behr (I have to really wonder how Consumer Reports can give a nod to a product that is so prone to peeling), Sherwin-WIlliams….etc) will last little more than a year or 2 on a shutters. This is why I now use Cabot. Cabot Semi-Solids (Inot Solid) is my preference for ultimate shutters durablility. I stained my own shutters with Cabot 4 years ago as a test and by the looks of it now I should have at least another 3 years or more from it. I can also share with you my own personal experience with products such as Wood Defender, TWP , and Ready Seal.
  • Q: What stain colors last the longest?
    A: Typically colors with very little pigment (very light and clear colors) will have the shortest life.

Great Dane Staining is Austin's #1 fence and wood staining company. We provide our customers with the highest quality of workmanship and most excellent customer service. As a leading Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Allandale, Kyle, Buda, Steiner Ranch, Avery Ranch and Crystal Falls fence stainer, we use only the highest quality wood staining brands such as Cabot wood stain, Ready Seal wood stain and Olympic wood stain. We also offer a wide variety of other wood staining and wood restoration services; pergola staining, garage door staining, shutters staining, kids playground staining, deck staining, arbor staining, trellis staining, patio covers and gazebo staining. We look forward to providing you with outstanding customer service and serve all your wood staining needs in the Austin Texas areas.

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