Can You Use A Minwax Stain Outdoors?

Can You Use A Minwax Stain Outdoors?

A Minwax stain is a penetrating oil-based stain that comes in different colors depending on the preference of the user. It enhances the beauty of wood, and it is normally used for staining indoor woods such as cabinets, wooden floors, and doors.

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There are two types of Minwax stains: oil-based and water-based. Water-based Minwax stains are easy to clean, dry faster and produce less odor as compared to their oil-based counterparts.

Bad Weather

Bad weather such as rain, thunderstorms, and snow may affect a Minwax stain.

The elements can cause the stain to fade and therefore lose its initial beauty. Rainwater can also wash out the Minwax stain, especially if it’s water soluble.

Bad weather causes Minwax stains to wear quickly, and hence it loses its capability of protecting the wood. The wood becomes vulnerable to insects, and it is further damaged by continued bad weather.

Moisture may have serious effects on the furniture such as:

  • Poor color changes
  • Faster furniture aging
  • Growth of fungi on the furniture
  • General loss of wood strength

Effects of Ultraviolet Rays

Harsh ultraviolet rays from the sun are known to destroy the Minwax stain on furniture. They bring about fading in the furniture, and the sun’s harsh rays can burn the Minwax stain and fade it off quickly.

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Lack of UV ray inhibitors in many Minwax stains make the wood more prone to damage from UV rays. Exposure to UV rays destroys the wood’s lignin (a strengthening compound present in most woods) material, therefore weakening the wood.

A combination of moisture and UV rays can make the wood shrink and even warp, causing it to lose its natural structure. This warping will carry over to any furniture made with the wood, making it flawed and potentially unusable.

Best Stains to Use Outdoors

To prevent these adverse effects, many people recommend the following wood finish stains:

  1. Urethane
  2. Epoxy

Can I use a Minwax stain outdoors?

I don’t recommended using Minwax stains outdoors, due to the reasons discussed above.

However, if you have to use it for one reason or another, then you should mix the Minwax stain with special oils such as the Minwax Tung Oil finish. The oil helps to protect the Minwax stain from the harmful effects of bad weather and ultraviolet rays. Take this precaution and you might just be okay.