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Wood Washing & Brightening in the Coachella Valley

Interior Staining

To complete the look of a rustic home, interior stain is likely part of the interior. We generally recommend the use of Conditioners to treat the wood prior to staining. Most conditioners provide a surface that will uniformly accept stain. For years lacquer finishes dominated the interior wood finishes. But just within the last three years, Waterborne Lacquers became available.

Interior staining process:

  • Sanding Sealers
  • Stains
  • Glazing
  • Graining
  • Color Matching
  • Dying
  • Color Correction
  • Bleaching
  • Brightening

Our staining systems have:

  • Large Surface Uniformity
  • Consistency
  • Allow on Site Application across environmental changes in temperature and humidity
  • Control Color across many wood substrates
  • Fast Drying
  • Unbeatable Color Selections
  • Enhance and highlight the natural beauty of the wood

Clear top coats include:

  • Wood Varnishing
  • Oil-based Varnishes
  • Polyurethanes
  • Urethanes
  • Oils
  • Natural Waxes

Deck Staining

What can I apply to my deck that will last more than two years? Nothing, especially in the Palm Desert Area climate with its intense direct sunlight.

Wood is a very difficult substrate to preserve on a horizontal plane. It just doesn't hold up well to standing moisture (pools and jacuzzis) and intensive UV.  The only good news is that it generally doesn't take very long to apply a refreshing coat to bring the deck back to life.  

Three secrets from the professionals:

  1. Wash the wood - Wood needs to be cleaned to balance the pH and remove any dirt and coating that may not be effectively holding.
  2. Hand apply the stain - Work it into the wood.  Spraying may be quick but it won't last. Don't let a contractor spray your deck!
  3. Don't apply in direct sun - Wait for the morning or afternoon to install the material. If the stain dries too quickly, it won't have time to penetrate and grab the previous coating.

Fence Staining

Used 15 gallons of Flood UV 5 on this 10 year old fence.  It now looks almost as good as new!


Reasons to Pre-stain:

  • It may be a good idea to stain all sides of the wood prior to installation outdoors.
  • The wood can be stained and cure indoors in environmentally acceptable conditions.
  • Greater color control.
  • Even application of material. Most of the time the material will be flood-coated on siding and applied evenly.
  • Increase installation timeframe.

Pre-staining Challenges:

  • Color is generally difficult to select without understanding all the other elements of the building.
  • Batch consistency is a large problem for paint suppliers. Every Board will have to be an exact match or the entire area will need to be repainted (again). 
  • Decision on Color: It is very difficult to visualize a color prior to seeing the building. Only a professional designer or architect has the ability to see the color prior to installation or construction.