There’s Still Time to Stain Your Deck or Fence

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This time of year is great for applying a fresh coat of stain to your deck, fence, or outdoor furniture.

There are lots of choices when it comes to stain, so how do you know which to choose?

Benjamin Moore has a helpful guide on its website to understand the options you have when choosing a stain. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Which Opacity?

Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following…


  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure the grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.

Material Matters

Wood remains the most common choice for decks.

More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Transluscent or Semi Transparent.

Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier.

Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat line of stains offers the full variety of opacities to give your deck, fence, or outdoor furniture exactly the look you want.


This post is sponsored be Benjamin Moore.


C2 GUARD: The Ultimate Exterior Wood Protector

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Because of the many vendor relationships we have at Town Line, we’ve come across a lot of products in the 50+ years we’ve been in business. Over the years we’ve become pretty good at seeing through marketing hype and determining which products are actually the best, the most innovative, and the highest quality.

Today I want to give you information on C2 GUARD, a wood sealer and stain that I believe is truly a breakthrough innovation in sealing and staining.

C2 GUARD is a non-toxic, environmentally safe waterproofer and sealer designed specifically for unsealed wood. It was created using a unique formula that absorbs deeply into the wood’s surface, rather than simply sitting on top of it as is common with most wood protectors. This penetration forms a flexible polymer barrier that becomes part of the wood’s cellular structure.

This careful creation provides you with many benefits:

  • No smell
  • Dries to the touch within an hour
  • Resists water penetration
  • Prevents cracking, splitting, and warping
  • Won’t fade as quickly as other stains
  • Reduces the effects of mold and mildew

C2 GUARD is available in a range of natural wood tone colors, but we can also develop a custom color for you.

If you’d like to learn more about this ultimate exterior wood protector, please visit us so we can tell you more.

Thank you for your many years of loyalty to Town Line, and we hope to see you again soon!

-Todd Zigelbaum


Save $10 Per Gallon on PPG Paints & Stains

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PPG is running a special promotion right now that allows you to save $10 per gallon on PPG Sunproof house paint, Pro-Luxe (Sikkens) stain, and Gripper primer. The offer is good on up to 10 gallons of PPG paints and stains.

All you have to do is send in PPG’s manufacturer mail-in rebate after purchasing your paint or stain. We have the rebate forms here at Town Line, so stop in to get the form and your paint.

Make sure you act soon though. The offer is only good until June 3.


$10 Off Cabot Stains

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Planning to stain your deck over the long Memorial Day weekend? We have a wide selection of stains to choose from, including Cabot Stains. And from now until June 3, 2018, you can save money when purchasing Cabot Stains.

Cabot is running a mail-in rebate on all stains, good for $10 off a gallon and $40 off five-gallon containers (with maximum savings of $80).

Visit Town Line by June 3, purchase any Cabot stain, and pick up a manufacturer’s mail-in rebate certificate in order to earn your savings.


Press Release: Town Line Wallpaper & Paint Welcomes PPG to Its Family of Brands

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MALDEN, Mass. – May 3, 2018 – Town Line Wallpaper & Paint, Malden’s third-generation, independently owned, full-service decorating center, has added PPG to its family of brands, offering customers even more choices when decorating their homes and businesses.

PPG is the largest coatings company in the United States and an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings. It manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives, and sealants for homeowners and paint professionals.

As part of its relationship with PPG, Town Line will now carry PPG-owned brands, including, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, SpeedHide, PPG ProLuxe Wood Stains (formerly known as Sikkens), and LIQUID NAILS adhesives.

“We’re very happy to sell PPG brand paints and stains,” said Todd Zigelbaum, co-owner, Town Line Wallpaper & Paint. “We offer our customers the broadest selection in the area, and the addition of PPG to the Town Line family of brands gives our customers even more choices to find the exact style and look they want for their home or office.”

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About Town Line Wallpaper & Paint

Town Line Wallpaper & Paint is Malden’s third-generation, independently owned, full-service decorating center. The company is the area’s leading dealer of interior and exterior paints and stains, wallpaper, window treatments, and custom fabric projects. Its large family of brands offers customers a wide range of options to give any room, home, or business exactly the look they want.


Save Up To $80 on DuckBack Exterior Stains

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This month we have a full month of savings lined up for you from the Town Line family of brands. With nicer weather finally arriving, May is a great time to get a head start on those home improvement projects both inside and outside your home.

The first offer of the month comes from our friends at Duckback. From now until May 28, 2018, Duckback is offering a mail-in rebate on all exterior stains. You can save $8 per gallon and $40 per five-gallon, with a maximum savings of $80.

Visit Town Line and pick up a manufacturer’s mail-in rebate certificate to earn your savings on Duckback exterior stain. Duckback offers an array of colors so you can transform your deck, dock, or outdoor space into exactly what you want.

Our in-store decorators can also help you with color selections so you can beautifully complement the other elements of your outdoor space.