How to Stain with Sansin

Learn "How-To" Prep and Stain, Decks, Fences and Siding. We've been providing stain advice for 25 years in Saskatoon. We'll help select the best tools to ensure a successful stain project. 

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Stain your deck, fence or Siding? 

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"How to" Stain Deck, Fences, Siding

Exterior Stain Walk-through Videos

Stain Your Deck Quickly And Easily

Stain Siding Or Shingles Easily

Pressure Plus Wood Treatment

Exterior Stain Tool List

  • Stain And Protect Your Floor
  • Rollers and roller covers
  • Stain mitt
  • Sprayer
  • Caulk
  • Gloves
  • Hose or power washer
  • Paint scraper
  • Painter's tape
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire brush
  • Sansin Cleaners / Washes

Selecting Colours

Selecting Colours

Whether you choose from our family of penetrating transparent finishes or from our collection of solid hide colours, Sansin Enviro Stains deliver exceptional beauty that lasts. Our transparent finishes – available in a range of tones from Naturals all the way to our powerful Ultra-Saturated line – are renowned for their ability to enhance the character of wood with remarkable clarity, depth and crisp, clean color. And our solid hide colours are equally renowned for their purity of colour and their exceptional UV and fade-resistant qualities.

The secret to beautiful colour

We’ve harnessed the power of nano technology to create colour like you’ve never seen before. An innovative process atomizes the highest quality pigments into tiny particles so incredibly fine – less than a billionth of a meter – that they combine with the protective oils and resins in Sansin Enviro Stains on a molecular level. Once applied to your home or deck, Sansin’s penetrating stains carry the pigmentation down into the wood for uniform colour that is so vibrant and long-lasting it has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Colour Charts

Custom Colour

With an incredible range of colours and transparencies to choose from, it’s easy to create just the effect you’re after with Sansin Enviro Stains. But if you have something special in mind – something unlike anything else out there – you can come into see us at Eastside Paint and Wallpaper and we’ll work with you to create just the look you’re after. 

Some of the things to keep in mind, especially when creating a custom colour, is that it can vary dramatically from one substrate to another. The same colour, applied to pine, will look quite different if applied to poplar – not to mention that you can control the level of finish with the number of coats and and/or topcoats you apply. It’s best to bring in samples of the substrate you plan on working with, along with details on the project and of course your location – depending on how much sun your project will be exposed to, for example, will dictate the kind of finish we recommend and in turn affect the formulation of the colour.

Over the years we have worked with many happy clients on a variety of projects, large and small – and we look forward to working with you on yours!

Exterior Stain

Click the swatch to view the extended colour pallet.


Please Note:

  • Our colours have been optimized for accurate viewing across a variety of media. However, due to differences in how screens display colour, actual colour may vary. See your Eastside Paint and Wallpaper for details.
  • Colour may vary depending on texture, grain, colour, porosity and type of wood and may not be exactly as illustrated.
  • Always test the purchased product on an inconspicuous part of the project to ensure the colour and transparency meet expectations of your control sample.

Sansin Coverage Chart

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Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for please give us a call at either of our locations
306-477-5555 or 306-374-8888 or complete the form below.

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+ Can I use SDF over Classic?

Yes, but this is not recommended for logs that see excessive wetting or surfaces that demand a coating that breathe freely such as logs and larger timbers. Always wash using Sansin Multi-Wash as preparation for the new or maintenance coating.

+ Can I mix Classic and SDF in the same can?

No, the base formulas are inherently different. Although they may appear to be compatible, we cannot guarantee performance results.

+ Will adding more water to my Sansin EnviroStain affect its quality?

Adding water will reduce the quality of the product. If you still wish to add water (e.g.. for ease of spraying) than add NO MORE than 5%. Always add water to stain rather than stain to water.

+ How do I dilute colour?

Use the Clear UV formula with the respective product to dilute color or increase clarity. Naturals should not be diluted more than 20% using the appropriate Clear UV formula. For example, use Classic Clear UV to dilute Classic Light Natural.

+ Can I apply more than one coat of SDF on my deck or siding?

Apply up to two coats on decks and siding. DO NOT apply more coats as this could form a film.

+ My stain is not the colour I expected, what can I do?

Adding the respective Clear UV formula will lighten or increase clarity; or, order a different colour to mix in with your existing product to create the color you desire; or, bring your product to Eastside Paint and Wallpaper for a stain adjustment.

+ Paint & Stain Remover: How do I use it inside?

It should not be used inside, the residue is to difficult to remove without rinsing, we recommend only using it outside.

+ Aquq-Guard: Can I use it over painted concrete?

Aqua-Gard needs to penetrate into the surface to be effective - this is what allows it to remain breathable. Aqua-Gard is not designed to perform on top of paint or coatings.

+ Drips: How do I control them?

When applying exterior Sansin coatings we recommend completely saturating the surface with product to the point where it will absorb no more. This will naturally cause the product to slightly run. Then, as per Directions For Use, back brush the surface to eliminate any streaking by spreading the runs and drips evenly.

+ How long will my Sansin product last?

Base performance is indicated on product Directions For Use. Individual product performance depends on a variety of factors such as exposure, wear and tear, quality of application, quality of wood and location. Your local representative may be able to provide a more specific product estimate.

+ Why do some Sansin products need to be coated with Clear UV where as others do not?

Clear UV in its respective product has considerably stronger UV resistance and is normally used as the last coat to avoid strengthening color. Sansin Classic formula requires three coats to achieve complete saturation of the wood cell to create a water repellant surface; Classic Clear UV is normally used for the third coat to maintain a clear light color while building up the necessary protection.

+ When do I maintain my surface for optimum performance and colour retention?

A maintenance coat is required when surface erosion becomes visible, or when the surface color lightens noticeably. Erosion may first become apparent on the grain whereas color loss typically shows first on southern exposures.

+ What kind of coverage can I expect from my Sansin product?

There is no standard answer because coverage varies depending on the wood species in question. With exterior coatings, it's best to get as much product into the wood as possible. A cedar deck could use an average of 1 gallon per 200-300 sq ft. per coat of Sansin Dec whereas a one-coat formula like Sansin SDF could use up to 1 gallon per 100-200 sq ft. Pricing is dependant upon the selected formula - see the appropriate product Directions For Use for more details.

+ Why is Sansin more expensive than some competitive products?

Sansin uses the finest pure resins and ingredients, with no cheap fillers or paraffin - incorporating the best UV-protection technology available. Sansin is a premium, environmentally-friendly wood coating that protects wood while allowing it to breathe. Plus, Sansin's exceptional ease of maintenance means trouble-free beauty for your home for years to come.

+ What are the benefits of a non-film forming product vs. a film-forming product?

Breathability, ease of maintenance and sustainability.

+ What is the differnece between Classic & Dec?

Dec is designed for horizontal surfaces and Classic for vertical surfaces. The formulas are compatible but Sansin Dec has a lower solids content plus performance characteristics that allow for easier penetration on a horizontal surface.

+ Where can I purchase Sansin products?

Eastside Paint and Wallpaper is the only Sansin distributor in the province. Give us a call at 306-477-5555 or 306-374-8888.

+ Can I just have one product for all my surfaces?

No. Different surfaces can demand distinctly different characteristics from a coating. For example, a large mass of wood such as a log naturally retains more moisture than a 2x4 - which in turn means it will decay unless the wood can breathe. A deck needs more water repellency and UV protection than a wall. Sansin has a family of products designed for optimum performance depending on the characteristics of the wood surface in question.


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