How To Protect Exterior Stained Wood?


There are three surefire ways to waterproof your wood for years to come.

  1. Use linseed or Tung oil to create a beautiful and protective hand-rubbed finish.
  2. Seal the wood with coating of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer.
  3. Finish and waterproof wood simultaneously with a stain-sealant combo.


Sealing stained wood with wax Wood wax is another option. We like the Walrus Oil brand which is made of Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Vitamin E. A dense wax is usually applied after oil or stain to add more color richness, shine, and more water protection to the wood surface.

Wood Finishing – Dying Wood Versus Staining Wood

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to protect stained wood?

While staining creates a rich, deep color that highlights natural wood grain, it does not provide long-term protection. Without a protective top coat, wood can be damaged easily due to contact with water, food, or sharp objects. A polyurethane top coat protects the wood from scratches, stains and water damage.

What's the best way to protect wood from stain?

Be sure to mask off any area you want to protect from the stain. Plastic drop cloths work well, but so do plywood sheets when protecting vertical surfaces such as a nearby wall. In general it’s best to remove old stain before applying new stain, especially if changing products or colors.

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