Exterior Stains

Wooden features, like fences or decks, can be a functional and eye-catching outdoor feature of your home or backyard. However, outdoor wooden structures are typically exposed to the natural elements like heat, rain, and sunshine, and, therefore, must be protected in order to maintain their craftsmanship, appearance, and functionality. At Flanagan Paint and Supply, our talented team can work with you to supply you with high quality exterior stain that can protect any wood structure or ongoing project you have in your outdoor space.

Purpose of Exterior Stain

Purchasing an exterior stain for your outdoor wooden features may seem like an extra step in your home maintenance process, but the benefits of these products will be well worth the time and money spent.

Increased Protection

Wooden features in your yard are often exposed to the elements and can be damaged by rain, wind, and even sun exposure. Exterior stains protect the wood from moisture, mold, mildew, and UV rays to prevent irreversible damage.  Additionally, exterior stains tend to expand and contract with wood more than paint, allowing them to better endure changing weather.

Enhanced Beauty

Exterior wood stains are known to bring out the natural beauty of wood to give your fence, deck, or door a beautiful look.

Benjamin Moore Ready Seal® Exterior Stain, wood stain near Ellisville and Creve Coeur, Missouri (MO)

Less Maintenance

When applied correctly, an exterior stain can extend the life of your wood or the paint underneath. Many exterior stains recommend a light cleaning and a recoat every 3-4 years depending on the brand and if the surface is horizontal or vertical.


Exterior wood stains can be transparent or have slight color pigments in them to give your wood features a different appearance.

Benjamin Moore Ready Seal® Exterior Stain

Flanagan Paint and Supply proudly carries Ready Seal® Exterior Stain by Benjamin Moore. Ready Seal® is a professional-grade exterior wood stain and sealant in one, containing all the essential elements for a quality coating and finish on your exterior wood projects. In addition to being both a stain and sealant in one product, Ready Seal® does not require any additional preparation work such as priming your surface or diluting the product before application yet will still prevent any lap marks from appearance after application. Ready Seal® can also be sprayed, rolled, or brushed onto your wood surfaces at any temperature so that you can apply it in a way and at a time that is comfortable and hassle-free for you.

Check out our selection of exterior stains from Benjamin Moore!

Tips for Applying Exterior Stain

Our team at Flanagan Paint and Supply is happy to help set our customers up for success when it comes to applying their paints and stains, but there are some great tips for anyone looking to apply an exterior stain to a wood feature in their yard.

  1. Before you start, be sure the surface is free of mildew, dust, dirt, oil, and grease.
  2. Wood must be completely dry before you begin the staining process.
  3. You do not need to sand the wood prior to staining, this can actually make it more difficult for stains to penetrate the wood.
  4. Cover all nearby plants and vegetation before beginning, especially if you will be applying with a spraying method.
  5. Exterior stains such as Benjamin Moore’s Ready Seal® will penetrate any porous surface, so take precaution about stone or concrete.

Contact Us

Whether you want to seal your deck, your fence, or another wooden features, high quality exterior stains like Ready Seal® from Benjamin Moore will help your outdoor furniture last in any climate. In addition to Benjamin Moore paints and stains, Flanagan Paint and Supply can offer wall coverings, window treatments, customized closets, and flooring. Contact us today to talk to a member of our team about your exterior stain needs. Flanagan Paint and Supply proudly offers locations in Ellisville, Creve Couer, Webster Groves, and Saint Peters, Missouri and Edwardsville, IL. Our service area includes the St. Louis community and Maryland Heights, Town & Country, Des Peres, University City, Cottleville, St. Charles, Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, and the surrounding areas.