Choose the right product
Resene wood stains usually need restaining every two summers. Although an exterior paint such as Resene Lumbersider Low Sheen will last longer, one advantage of choosing wood stain is that maintenance is often a lot quicker than repainting. Often all that is required is a quick wash before reapplying fresh stain, whereas if paint is left too long between repainting it may require sanding back to remove peeling paint – a big job.
If your gate was previously stained this may dictate the type of stain you use to restain – head to your local Resene ColorShop for advice if you’re not sure what type to use. Resene Waterborne Woodsman is a multipurpose stain available in a wide range of colours, and can be used on weatherboards as well as smaller projects such as fences and gates. This Eco Choice approved product contains fungicides to help inhibit growth and prevent future damage from mould, and also helps protect timber against UV damage.
Resene Woodsman Wood Oil Stain is another option which gives a more traditional wood oil look, allowing the grain of the timber to show through. This product is often used on more weathered surfaces as the solventborne stain can penetrate the timber better. Both Resene Woodsman products come in Resene CoolColour variants, which reflect heat and keep the timber cooler in the summer sun. Resene CoolColours are a particularly good idea when using dark stain colours such as Resene Woodsman Dark Oak, Resene Woodsman Shadow Match or Resene Woodsman Crowshead. Resene CoolColours can also help reduce the incidence of cupping and warping of timber.
Stand out or blend in?
When choosing a colour for your gate, there are many factors to consider. Often gates are painted or stained in contrasting colours to help guide guests to exits and entryways in your yard or garden. Using a red stain such as Resene Woodsman Whero or Resene Woodsman Japanese Maple on your gate may make a lovely contrast to a fence stained in a dark colour such as Resene Woodsman Pitch Black.
You may, however, wish to disguise your gate by making it blend in with the fence or house exterior. Dark colours such as Resene Woodsman Crowshead or Resene Woodsman Pitch Black will make garden greenery pop, and when used on weatherboards will give a modern architectural look. For a soft Scandi look, you could try Resene Woodsman Whitewash or a soft natural colour such as Resene Woodsman Driftwood or Resene Woodsman Natural.
- Apply Resene Woodsman stains by following the grain of the timber.
- Maintain a wet edge by making sure that the last stroke of stain doesn’t dry before the next stroke is applied.
- Stain the project in small sections to avoid visible lines and lap marks.
- Avoid staining in the middle of the day in direct sunshine as the stain may dry too quickly.