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Wood Staining

Scheduling: To start the process a free estimate appointment is scheduled in order to walk the job and provide an accurate pricing for the scope of work. Once we have provided an estimate a signed contract and 10% deposit is required in order to hold a place in our current schedule. We will then schedule a date for power washing in order to remove any debris so the wood is ready for stain. Power washes are good for up to 4 weeks. Once the power washing is complete a start date will be given for the staining. If repairs are needed, they will be done prior to painting and charged at a time and materials rate. Darling and Associates will do everything in its power to meet intended start and end dates of a job. We make no guarantee of start or completion date. If you choose to reschedule your job after we have chosen a date, we reserve the right to work it back into our schedule as we are available. We reserve the right to move, reschedule, and cancel any job at any time for any reason.

Payment Schedule: 10% of estimate due as deposit upon acceptance; 50% of estimate due upon completion of preparation; remaining balance (including additional charges) due upon completion of contracted services.  A 5% per month penalty will be assessed on all outstanding balances not received within 30 days of invoice. Credit cards payments will incur an additional 3.5% processing fee.

 Stain: Products to be used on the job will be called out in the bid. Changes to products can be made upon request. Please note that changing products can be an additional cost depending on the brand.

Application: It is important to note that stain can only be applied in optimal weather conditions. Colder temperatures that cause things like morning precipitation or rain within the same week can compromise the stain. If you are requesting a bid outside of the optimal season please be aware that the project can be rescheduled until conditions are best for application. 


  • Clear, transparent, and semi-transparent allow for the wood grain to show through

  • Semi-solid stains hide wear and tear but still allow some wood grain to show

  • Solid wood stains are full coverage and look similar to paint in terms of opaqueness


  • Water-Based offers faster dry time, low VOCs

  • Oil-Based offers durability and water resistance but require a longer dry time and have higher VOCs

  • Gel Stain has a thicker consistency that allows the stain to sit on top of the wood rather than sink in

Colors: Bids include one color. Any additional colors will be an additional charge. 

Color consultations are available to clients. For more information please visit our color consultations page.

If you notice any necessary touch-up or repair work, please review the terms of our warranty for getting the items fixed

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