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Cedar Fence Stain: How to Select The Best

Cedar Fence Stain: How to Select The Best

Jul 26, 2019 | Stain

FENCE STAIN PRODUCTSIf you are looking for the best cedar fence stain money can buy…

You need a fence stain that looks great.

And lasts a long time.

With the overwhelming number of stain choices available (some good and some bad)…

It’s hard to know what makes a high-quality fence stain product.

Today, we’re going to show you exactly what to look for.

When sourcing stain for your next fence project.

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What is Cedar Fence Stain?

Cedar fence stain is a type of paint product that can be applied to wood fence materials prior to or after construction to enhance the wood’s natural tone or change the wood’s appearance to an entirely different color, while allowing the wood grain to show through.

A beautifully-stained fence can give your property tremendous curb appeal.


Stains range from transparent.

To solid color in appearance.

And they come in a variety of fence stain colors.

In truth… most cedar fence stains can be used on many different types of woods, including: western red cedar, treated pine, redwood or cypress.

Fence stain differs from traditional paint in a few ways.

First, fence stain penetrates the wood preserving its natural beauty.


While paint sits on top of the wood’s surface and masks the wood entirely by covering it up.

Another key difference is that stain wears away gradually and accommodates re-coating very easily.

While paint generally peels over time requiring a more labor-intensive surface preparation when re-coating.


Now, let’s look at how stain actually helps your fence.

How Does Cedar Fence Stain Help?

#1 – On most properties, a stained fence just looks better than naturally-aged wood.

#2 – A quality fence stain makes your fence less susceptible to insects and rot.

#3 – A quality fence stain helps wood withstand harmful UV rays.

#4 – A quality fence stain helps wood shed water.

#5 – A quality fence stain can help prevent warped wood.

#6 – A quality fence stain can prolong the life of your fence, saving you time and money.

These are just a few ways the best cedar fence stain can help preserve the wood of your fence and keep it looking great for years.

While most fence stains (available in stores) offer consumer-quality, mass-market characteristics…

…a commercial-grade cedar fence stain is well worth the investment.

How to Select the Best Cedar Fence Stain

A commercial-grade cedar fence stain will excel in several key areas.


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Below are a few features that make some stains (much) better than others.

Higher Quality Pigments

The type of pigment used in stain products varies widely by brand and type of stain.

While most stain products use cheap, low-quality pigments (that require harsh solvents)…

The best cedar fence stains use high-quality automotive-grade pigments that are proven to last longer and perform better in the toughest weather conditions.


These pigments have more resistance to powerful UV rays and hold their color better and longer than cheaper alternatives.

They also disperse evenly throughout the wood grain, offering a better finish without lap marks, runs and streaks. Learn more about fence stain colors ›

Better Sealing Properties

The best cedar fence stains start with a 100% paraffin oil base.

Offering one of the best and safest ways to preserve wood.

Paraffin oil is a great penetrating oil that helps prevent UV and water damage.


And while some oils have a difficult time penetrating newer, denser wood…

…paraffin oil soaks in for better absorption, color adhesion and excellent sealing properties.

Our stains are formulated with the best wood conditioners and nano sealers.

Penetrating the wood to create a better water barrier and more color protection.

Resistant to Mildew, Rot, Insects

Select a stain that is formulated to resist mildew, mold and fungi… that lead to rot.

Mildewcides resist mold and mildew growth to help protect the integrity of the wood.


Better mildewcides are non-toxic and safe for the environment while offering long-lasting protection.

The commercial-grade stains that we carry are formulated with powerful rot-fighting compounds.

Environmentally Friendly Formula

Paint products – among other substances – contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

VOCs are compounds that become vapors and gases that are released into the atmosphere.

Their odor is what you smell when you first open a container of paint or stain.

In high concentrations, they can be toxic and harmful to the environment and to pets and people.

Most cheaper stain products are manufactured using solvents that containing high levels of VOCs.

As these solvents evaporate, they release VOCs (sometimes called off-gassing) into the atmosphere for months.

Our eco-friendly, super low-VOC stains contain no harmful carcinogenic solvents.


Instead, our stains use a proprietary formulation that delivers a superior finish without the harmful side effects.

Better for the environment and better for you.

Pet & People Friendly

As noted, a high-VOC stain can gas off for months (or even years).

And this can affect your health.

Or that of your pets.


Health effects associated with toxic VOC exposure can include:

  • Eye, nose or throat irritation
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Visual disorders and memory impairment
  • Headaches, dizziness or nausea
  • Liver, kidney or organ damage
  • And even… cancer in animals or humans

A low-VOC stain is safer for people and pets.

By investing in a responsibly-formulated stain product, you can protect the ones you love.

Easier to Apply

We’ve all seen examples of poorly stained wood.

One that has runs where the stain was over-applied.

Or lap marks where overlapping strokes made the stain darker in some areas.

When you are choosing the best cedar fence stain for your project…

…look for one that is is very forgiving during application.

A cedar fence stain that can be applied without worrying about streaks, runs, lap marks, etc.


A self-leveling stain…

Our stain has been called the “easiest to apply in the market.”

It can be applied with a sprayer, brush or roller.

Making it easy for anyone (DIY or Professional) to use.

The Best Cedar Fence Stain on The Market

If you need a high-quality stain that will stand the test of time and is safe for you and your family…

Then look no further than the stains we offer from Stain & Seal Experts.

They meet all of the above criteria.

And can also be used as deck stain or on pergolas, siding, log cabins and interior applications.

Use these stains for pre-finishing and pre-staining your lumber. Boards can even be stacked wet.

Or use these stains after construction, for a re-stain and seal project.

We offer Free Shipping on all cedar fence stain products.

Click below to order online, or call (888) 995-8077.

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