xpost- Barn needs it, paint or stain?

Annie DeighnaughJuly 28, 2014

I posted on paint forum but got no replies, so I thought I'd try here and in decor forum.

We have a 200 yr old barn. About 20 yrs ago, we had it sandblasted back to bare wood and then these guys came in in bucket trucks and spray painted the entire building.

Now it needs painting again. The last painter came in said he does brush only and suggests using Ben Moore's Arborcoat stain instead of paint.

I'm concerned about stain over paint. I know there's less build up, but I remember friends who stained their house instead of paint...great no more scraping...but 2 yrs later the place looked awful and they had to stain it again. I'd much prefer to paint it and then not have to touch it again for another 10-15 years.

So, paint or stain for exterior? Are today's stains durable enough or will I be unhappy?

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amberm145_gw

We typically use stain. I don't find that it's any better or worse than paint in terms of longevity. But because it soaks into the wood, it doesn't flake off. It fades over time, and restaining is a lot easier.

We also spray it over large surfaces.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 12:10PM
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amberm145_gw

We typically use stain. I don't find that it's any better or worse than paint in terms of longevity. But because it soaks into the wood, it doesn't flake off. It fades over time, and restaining is a lot easier.

We also spray it over large surfaces.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 12:13PM
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rwiegand

If you're getting 20 years out of a coat of paint, that seems hard to beat. I'm not convinced that stain isn't just thinned down paint, so I'd prefer to get more pigment and a thicker wear coat on the wall for the same application cost.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 2:04PM
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