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Fence Stain Colors: How to Choose The Best

Fence Stain Colors: How to Choose The Best

Apr 14, 2020 | Stain

STAINED FENCE CEDAR COLORIf you are planning to stain a wood fence and are considering fence stain color options…

This guide is for you.

In this fence stain color guide ››

We’re going to show you everything you need to know about:

  • How fence stain gets its color
  • Exactly what to look for in a high-quality stain
  • How to choose the best fence stain color for your project
  • And much more

Let’s dive right in.

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How Does Fence Stain Get its Color?

The color of wood fence stain products are created from pigments.

Pigments are finely ground colorants added to various compounds to color all kinds of products from plastics to inks to foods and paints.

Some pigments are made from natural materials, such as iron oxide, while others are synthetically made.

Pigments differ from dyes in that pigments retain insoluble properties while in “suspension” within a liquid compound – whereas dyes are “dissolved” in liquid.


Pigment quality can vary a lot from one source to the next.

That’s one reason why some fence stain products offer long-lasting performance, while others fade quickly over time.

When searching for the best fence stain for your project, look for a stain that uses “automotive-grade” pigments, as they are proven to last longer and perform better than cheaper stain products.

These types of fence stain pigments not only give your fence a richer, more consistent color…

…they can also offer more resistance to damaging UV rays, better heat stability, better blending, and are less toxic than cheaper coloring substitutes.


What’s the Difference Between Stain & Paint?

The primary difference between stain and paint is that fence stain is formulated to penetrate the wood, preserving the wood’s natural beauty by allowing the wood grain to show through.

Paint, on the other hand, is formulated to cover up the wood surface completely.

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 some features that make certain fence stain products better than others.

What Makes a Better Fence Stain?

When choosing a fence stain color for your project, it’s best to start with a commercial-grade stain formulation.

Then, you can select from an array of color options available within that product line.

Here are a few characteristics of a superior fence stain product:

#1 – Higher Quality Pigments

#2 – Better Sealing Properties

#3 – Resistant to Mildew, Rot, Insects

#4 – Environmentally Friendly Formula

#5 – People & Pet Friendly

#6 – Easier to Apply

Check out our Cedar Fence Stain Guide for detailed explanations of each of these characteristics and to learn what makes some stains much better than mass-market alternatives.


How to Select the Best Fence Stain Color

You may be wondering… “what color should I stain my fence?”

The truth is.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a stain color.

But here are are a few things to consider.

What Colors Are Available

As noted, the formulation of your chosen stain product is most important. It wouldn’t do any good to purchase a cheap fence stain that just fades away in a year or two.

Look for a stain product with high solids that will last a long time. Then pick from color options available within that product family.

Match the Color of Other Yard Features

The colors of various features of your yard should complement one another – not clash.

Look at your garden shed or pergola or patio stone.

Your chosen fence color should “fit” with the design scheme of the rest of your yard.

Consider the Type of Fence

If you’re considering stain colors for a privacy fence, you may want to stick with commonly used colors like a warm cedar, rich redwood or dark brown.

If you’re staining a ranch rail fence, it may be fitting to choose a darker color like a black fence stain or dark brown fence stain.

For a modern looking fence, you might select a gray fence stain or perhaps a staggered fence color pattern using two different stain colors.

Consider Your Neighborhood

In some cases, you may want to make a bold statement with your fence (in good taste of course).

Some neighborhood covenants, however, may limit your choices in terms of fence stain color.

So make sure you know whether or not your choices may be limited.

Compliment Your Home or Property

If you’re staining a perimeter fence around a neighborhood or commercial property, sometimes darker colors are better.

If you’re staining a fence around your home, you’ll want a color that adds to the overall aesthetic of your home.

In addition to colors, there are clear-coat stain products to give your fence a “wet look.”

Don’t Let Your Fence Compete

Do you have stellar landscaping that you want to showcase?

Or a pool that creates a focal point on your property?

Your fence should compliment the best parts of your property without drawing attention away from them (unless you want the fence to be a focal point).

Fence Stain Color Options

We’ve talked about selecting a fence stain that offers years of performance.

We scoured the market to find the absolute best quality fence stain money can buy…

And we are proud to offer the Stain & Seal Experts family of products.

We just love this product, and you will too!

This product line offers several color options, along with wood conditioning and clean-up products.


Take a look at some of these beautiful fence and deck stain color options.

The Best Fence Stains 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.

These stains are professional-grade, commercial-quality stains.

Formulated with proprietary nano sealers and non-drying oils and conditioners, these stains nurture and preserve woods from the inside-out.

They can be used on fences, decks, pergolas, siding, log cabins and interior applications on a variety of different wood types, including: western red cedar, redwood, treated pine or cypress.

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.

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