recoat exterior wood siding with oil or latex?
When renovating our home several years ago we stained new wood siding with an oil-based solid color stain, 2 coats. We are wanting to restain now and our paint technician (Benjamin Moore) now advises us to re-coat with a latex stain instead of oil. His rationale was that there would be less discoloration and fading, etc. and that oil was appropriate for use on virgin wood. He insists that recoating should be latex. We've tried some of the latex stain but find the coverage isn't as good as the oil stain and realize we'll have to do 2 coats instead of the one coat that we were hoping we could get away with using oil. We've had a few people we know, including some painters, tell us that we should be sticking with the oil-based stain. One even commented that this tech should be fired for advising latex. We're confused and wondering what to do. This is a large two-story house... big job. Thanks