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


Looking For a Quick Drying Paint – PPG Break-Through!

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A lot of paint cans say that they’re quick drying, but how long is quick? Usually one to two hours is considered a relatively fast drying time.

But what if you used paint that dried to the touch in 15-20 minutes?

PPG Paints has released a new paint called Break-Through! that was created to actually dry that fast.


Break-Through! is an ultra-durable water-borne acrylic specially formulated to bond to some of the most difficult surfaces.

The dried product has a hardness similar to or better than standard alkyd paints, but it also is flexible enough to endure extreme bends and deformations without cracking or peeling – both on interior and exterior applications.

Where could Break-Through! work for you?

Its versatility makes it a fit for nearly any surface – ceramic, plastic, fiberglass, doors, railings, concrete floors, cabinets, windows, and trim.

This is one instance where a product’s name isn’t simply hyperbole. Break-Through! is truly one of the most innovative paints we’ve seen in a while.

If you’d like to learn more, visit us and we can discuss how Break-Through! could help you with your projects.


It’s House-Painting Time of Year!

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The summer months offer the perfect weather for putting a new coat of paint on your house and Town Line has a great selection of Benjamin Moore exterior paints for you to choose from.

Benjamin Moore also has a few tips to help you paint your home’s exterior:

  1. Remove everything that could be removed, such as light fixtures, hoses, mailboxes, etc.
  2. Protect bushes and anything else that can’t be removed with drop clothes
  3. Clean your home so the surface is free from dirt
  4. Repair any cracks or dents
  5. Prime your home
  6. Paint your home

For deeper information on these tips and other helpful considerations to keep in mind, read the full article.

Visit Town Line to pick up your Benjamin Moore exterior paint and all your painting supplies.

This post is sponsored by Benjamin Moore.