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Hey I would appreciate any advice on this. But we are looking to paint this area which includes exterior wood pillars, an awning, a fence wall and a gate. I want to retain the rustic wood texture so I felt stain would be better than paint.

My painter disagreed and wants me to use regular wood paint. His reasoning is that after it is sanded the stain will look uneven, splotchy and wont be as uniform as regular paint. The imperfections of the sanding will create an uneven texture and thus be ugly. I told him I was fine with this but he is pretty adamant and is trying to talk me out of it. In the last photos we ran a sample between two different stains from old masters wiping stain line. We also intend to use the old master ascend exterior matte finish as a protectant. I was ok with these samples but I am afraid when we stain everything that I will have some regrets, that the unevenness he spoke about will become more apparent.

Can any experienced painters on here shed some light on this. Would you use this method of staining on this? Advice is very much appreciated.

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I would suggest to your Painter a semi-solid or solid stain. However..
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