12:50AM | 07/17/17
By husband tore down a shed we had and the wood has been just sitting in our backyard for 5 years or so. I hate to see it go to waste. I know I can sand and seal the wood and create new projects but will it take a stain?

The Calgary Painter

09:41PM | 07/17/17
Member Since: 07/17/17
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In most cases yes you can stain it. If the old coating is still present you'll have to remove most of it. If you can't strip it off completely, just feather out the edges of the old paint and recoat with a bonding primer and finish coat. If the previous coating was stain you can add a solid stain like Flood Stain on top of it after sanding.

On the other hand, if you want to see the grain of the wood use a translucent stain such as Sikkens. You'll need to remove the old finish if you want a clean look.That can be done with stripping chemicals and/or with an electric palm sander and 50 grit sandpaper.

Here is some more detailed info on how to prep and stain a deck but wood is wood. This applies to wood siding as well as any wood substrate. hope that helps!
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