Exterior Wood Stain Considerations

An On-Demand Webinar by Chris Buffalo

Since the VOC law change in 2012 transparent and semi-transparent stain performance evaluation has become challenging. Many factors such as texture, solvent restrictions and the use of hazardous chemicals in cleanup and maintenance should be considered when specifying a stain for exterior wood use. This course explores those factors and provides case studies showcasing different results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of wood texture in stain selection/performance
  • Understand the VOC law change in 2012 and its impact on stain performance
  • Gain clarity on the difference between film forming and penetrating finishes (oil vs. water).
  • Understand the true labor/maintenance costs associated with above stain decisions over a 10-year span, the $100,000 question.

Who Should Attend:

Residential/low-rise commercial architects and design professionals, custom home builders, construction superintendents, service/warranty managers, contractors specializing in the installation of cedar or wood siding as well as mold remediation contractors.

Note: this is an AIA/CEU offering 1 learning unit and counts as “Health Safety & Welfare” HSW Credit.


Chris Buffalo has over 20 years’ experience in the custom wood milling industry. He is owner and co-founder of Buffalo Lumber Company Inc and has now retired from active operations to pursue Architect Education full-time.

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