Solvent or Water based Opaque wood stain for rough sawn timber?

20 Jul 2021
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I'm looking for an opaque wood stain for use on an exterior pergola / canopy that I'm building from rough sawn timber & also to use on some white deal TG&V cladding.

Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque or Sadolin superdec both seem to be good candidates, but is there any advantage in going for a Solvent based woodstain like Sadolin Beautiflex?

If anyone has had any experience (good or bad) with any of these products, or indeed has any other recommendations, I would be glad to hear from them as the range of different paint systems available is a little baffling to an 'keen amateur' like myself.

Many thanks.
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