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Success with EXTERIOR STAINS Use a good oil-based product and properly seasoned wood With a trained eye and lightscope, author Samuel Perry examines the siding of the historic Weatherbee farmhouse, in Westwood, Mass., to determine type. colors, and number of layers of exterior finish. "Why paint when you can stain?" pigment. Whereas a paint will contain bulk, soaks into the wood. It offers After all, stain is easier to apply and 40 to 50 percent pigment, a stain will protection primarily by replenishing maintain, is less expensive, and doesn't have only 25 to 35 percent. Like a the natural oils in the wood. peel and flake like paint-or so goes