Category: Deck Product Reviews

Have you had a bad experience with a decking stain?

Our most popular article, “What is the Best Deck Stain” has become the #1 article for consumers on the Internet for deck stain questions and answers. We have decided to create an article based on negative consumer feedback and experiences with decking stains.

We are looking for bad experiences with a particular brand of decking stain.

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1. Brand of Deck Stain

2. Type of Deck Stain (i.e. Solid, Semi-Transparent, Transparent, Semi-Solid)

3. Location and date applied

4. How long did it take for the stain to fail and how did it fail. (Peeling, Turned Black, Mold, Etc)

5. A brief description of your overall negative experience.

Note: This is mostly for fun and to allow you to vent your frustration!

Latest Consumer Magazine Reports on Decking Stains is out again this year and we have been getting some questions as to why our ratings differ so much compared to their highest rated products. We have compiled a list of reasons why we believe our reviews and ratings are more realistic and honest examples of how a deck stain actually performs.

Contractor Restoration Network

Reviews and articles are posted by contractors who specialize in exterior wood restoration. All of these contractors are experienced in the trade of prepping and applying a stain to an exterior deck.

Real World Testing vs. Accelerated Testing

Our stains are tested on actual decks with normal exposure to weather and traffic. Consumers uses an accelerated test on an individual board. This board is not exposed to normal everyday “real world” conditions.

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TWP 100 Wood Deck Stain

TWP 100 Wood Deck Stain

Important Note:  This is our 2nd Review of TWP 100 Series.

See our first review of the TWP 100 Series here: TWP Wood Stain Review

TWP 100 Total Wood Preservative Deck Stain protects and maintains all exterior wooden surfaces. TWP Wood Stain is a special blend of chemicals in a contractor grade formula that safeguards and protects exterior wooden surfaces.

TWP 100 Wood Deck Sealers lock out water and moisture that causes wood to crack, split, and warp. Freeze damage is also prevented in cold climates.

TWP Stains are the only wood and deck stains on the market that are registered as exterior wood preservatives by the EPA.

TWP 100 Series Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- The TWP 100 Stain was applied to a very large deck surrounding a pool. The wood was about 1 year old at the time and was prepped with the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener kit. The wood was a knotty cedar and the Cedartone 101 color gave a rich look that is typical of a cedar stain. Knots and grain where enhanced and the stain dried evenly for the 2 coats that were applied to the floor.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- Same as the first time tested, The TWP Cedartone 101 retained about 80% of the original color after 2 years of weathering.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- We found that the TWP did wear slightly in about 20% of the floor area. It was mostly in the high traffic areas that surrounded the pool. The upper level deck in the back had little to no wearing.

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TWP 1500 Review

TWP 1500 Review

Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of TWP 1500 Series. Our first review of the TWP 1500 Stain was started in 2010 and completed in 2012.

See Here for First Review: TWP 1500 Series Review

TWP 1500 Series Preservative is an  Oil-Based EPA approved wood enhancing preservative that stops structural damage and exterior wood rot on treated or previously treated above ground wood surfaces such as fencing, decking, roof shakes, wood siding and log homes.

*Note: TWP 1500 and the TWP 100 are the only deck stains registered by the EPA as a wood preservative. The 1500 is compliant in all US states while the 100 Series is not.

TWP 1500 Stain Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8.5

For the pine deck we used the TWP 1530 Natural. This is not a “clear” but rather a traditional cedar color in our opinion. The manufacturer stated they made this color in the 1500 Series to match the color of the TWP 101 Cedartone. This allows for an easy switch from the 100 Series for consumers who are in a low voc state.

The wood grain was highlighted naturally with the 1530 Natural semi-transparent tint. The 1500 does not mask or film on top of the wood grain.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8.5

Excellent at preventing UV graying at the two year mark.  For the vertical railings, the TWP 1500 lost very little of the color. For the horizontals, we saw close to 80% color retention.

Same results as last time and one of the better products for preventing color fading

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

The TWP 1500 penetrates deep into the wood reducing the chance of wearing. We find that the 1500 Scored well here for a low VOC oil based stain.

Note that when staining brand new wood with TWP, we have found that it is best to let the wood season in the elements for at least 3+ months. Once it is weathered, we prep with a deck cleaner and wood brightener to enhance the stain penetration. Only 1 coat of the TWP 1500 for new smooth wood.

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Defy Extreme Review

Defy Extreme Review

Important Note:  This is our 2nd Review of Defy Extreme Wood Stain. Our first review of the Defy Extreme Stain was started in 2009 and completed in 2011.  See Here for First Review: Defy Extreme Stain Review

DEFY Extreme Wood Stain is a synthetic-resin, semi-transparent wood stain formulated using state of the art Nano-Technology to create a level of durability that has simply not been available in a wood stain finish in the past. Extreme Wood Stain is the newest member of the DEFY line of wood products and there most innovative high performance product yet.

*Note: Defy Extreme is replacing the Defy Epoxy after 2014. The main difference between the two is the Extreme contains zinc oxide nano particles. According to the manufacturer, this gives added UV protection and mold prevention.

Defy Extreme Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

Defy Extreme Stain is a semi-transparent stain that seems closer to a transparent in that it does not mask the wood grain but rather highlights the natural tones. We used the Light Walnut color for our test deck. The Light Walnut is not a brown color but rather a reddish brown color. The customer was happy with the appearance but if you are looking for a brown, then try their newer Butternut.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9

The Defy Extreme offers excellent resistance to UV fading. Testing over the two years showed very little color loss on the vertical railings. The horizontal flooring should very good color retention as well. The Extreme contains zinc oxide nano particles. These particles seem to offer an additional layer of UV filtering.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7.5

For a semi-transparent water based decking stain, the Defy Extreme is excellent at diving deep into the wood grain. We have used and seen numerous water based acrylic stains and the Defy Extreme penetrates the wood grain better then the others. Very close to the penetration abilities of a oil based stain. Some wearing around table chairs and wood knots was noticeable otherwise the stain was very intact.

Take note that we do not use the Defy Extreme on brand new wood. If you want to use it on your new deck, it is best to wait a few months. The Extreme will penetrate better if you do.

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Restore A Deck Kits

Restore A Deck Kits

Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of the Restore A Deck Kits. See Here for First Review: Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit

Restore A Deck cleaner is a specifically designed two-part system that is best used to clean and prep a wood deck prior to staining it. The Restore A Deck cleaner system consists of a wood cleaner that will remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and grayed wood fibers. Step 2 is a wood brightener that corrects the pH of the wood and brightens/lightens it up prior to applying a wood stain or sealer.

Restore-A-Deck comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2 lb container makes 5 liquid gallons and can clean and brighten up to 1000 sq. feet. Simply pour each into a five gallon container and add water to dissolve the powder concentrate.

The Restore a Deck Step 1 Cleaner contains an EPA registered ingredient that helps in the removal of mold, mildew and algae.

Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

The Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Deck Cleaner works wonders at removing dirt and graying. The active ingredient creates a slight foaming on the wood once applied. Once the graying and dirt has softened, we find it best to use a pressure washer at a low setting of 1500 PSI to “lightly wash” off the dirty slime.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

Powdered deck prepping products are the way to go. Cheaper and more effective then bleach based solutions. We have found that the Restore A Deck Kits are the best on the market today when it comes to price. Cost to clean and brighten an average 800 square foot deck is less then $.07 a foot.

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Defy Stain for Hardwoods Review

Defy Stain for Hardwoods Review

Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of Defy Deck Stain for Hardwoods. Our first review of the Defy Hardwood Stain was started in 2010 and completed in 2011.

See Here for First Review: Defy Hardwood Stain Review

DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is formulated with smaller resins that penetrate hardwoods, or oily softwoods better. If you’re looking for the best stain for cedar decks in a water-based product, then look no further. DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods is a synthetic, semi-transparent deck sealer specifically formulated for use on Teak, IPE, Mahogany, Tigerwoods, and other exotic hardwoods.

Defy Hardwood Stain should also be considered for oil-rich woods such as Cedar and Redwood, offering better penetration for these wood types.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

Defy Stain for Hardwood Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

For the IPE wood, the customer wanted a reddish brown color to enhance the grain. Best color for this is the Light Walnut. The Defy Hardwood did an excellent job of enhancing the grain. It did not film or “cover” the wood grain showing 100% of the natural color tones.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 7

For Exotic wood stains we only test for 1 year. The Defy Hardwood Stain retained about 70% of the original color after the full year. It had faded but no graying of the IPE was visible.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7.5

The Defy Hardwood does a very good job of penetrating exotic woods. No filming was noticed when completed and the wearing was acceptable after the year. There was some visible wearing on the steps.

Make sure that if you use the Defy Hardwood on IPE that you apply only one coat. Too much stain and it will not absorb leading to an increased chance of wear/tear. We learned this from past experience when treating exotic hardwoods.

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Penofin Red Label

Penofin Red Label

Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain. Our first review was started in 2006 and completed in 2008. We are not aware of any product reformulations.

See Here for First Review: Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain Review

Penofin Ultra Premium Red Label wood stain is perfect where rain, wind, snow, or high elevations are encountered. The formula in Ultra Premium Red Label wood stain is the result of extensive testing, and the use of the highest quality ingredients. Penofin wins the “Battle Of The Stains” penetration tests over all competitors, and gives longer life to wood of any species. Easy to apply and simple to maintain.

Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 10

The cedar color on the cedar wood is one of our favorite tints. It does not add to much “orange” as some of the other decking stains we have tested. In our opinion, Penofin stains give one of the best finished appearances to wood once dry.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 5

The Penofin Red Label had lost about 50% of the tint. This was hard to tell as the majority of the stained had blackened in color. The areas that had not darkened (rails and other verticals) showed the most fading.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

Penofin has always had great penetration abilities. This is one of the best characteristics of their stains. Only wearing that showed was water drainage from the gutters above.

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Penofin Hardwood Stain Review

Penofin Hardwood Stain Review

Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of Penofin Stain For Hardwoods. Our first review was started in 2008 and completed in 2009. We are not aware of any product reformulations.

See Here for First Review: Penofin Exotic Hardwood Stain Review

Only Penofin’s Hardwood wood stain can penetrate dense hardwoods that need nourishing and stabilizing. This unique formula penetrates deep into the wood fibers and does not create a surface film. Unlike high-solid wood stains that simply coat the surface, Penofin’s Hardwood Finish, using sustainably harvested Brazilian Rosewood Oil, is the choice of wood experts who know that wood penetration is key to longevity and beauty. Penofin allows wood to breathe, important in working with exotic hardwoods such as mahogany, teak, Ipe, Brazillian Redwood, and many other species. Only Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish can meet the needs of hardwood in fiber protection, penetration, stabilizing, and nourishing.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

Penofin Hardwood Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 10

In our opinion, Penofin stains give one of the best finished appearances to wood once dry. The IPE was highlighted beautifully with natural reddish brown colors.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 2

The Penofin retained little to no color after a year on the Ipe. The customer called us after 6 months and said the stain had disappeared in the sun and turned black in shaded parts? We inspected and agreed with the homeowner. Penofin explained to us that IPE needs to be reapplied every 3-6 months if you want to retain color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

Penofin has always had great penetration abilities, even on exotic hardwoods. There was very little wearing.

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Defy Epoxy Wood Stain

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain

Important Note:  This is Our 2nd Review of Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. Our first review of the Defy Epoxy Stain was started in 2007 and completed in 2009.  See Here for First Review: Defy Epoxy Stain Review

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain is a specially formulated semi-transparent exterior wood stain that helps resist water damage, UV fading, and fungi. Its VOC compliant epoxy resin penetrates wood pores to lock out moisture and provide excellent protection from the elements.

Defy Stains are one of the few water based stains that actually seem to penetrate into the wood properly. This allows for better wearing.

Defy Epoxy Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- Defy Epoxy in Cedartone is a rich caramel color. Typical of most cedar stain colors, the Defy Epoxy highlighted the wood grain with a golden/orangish tone. It was a little more on the orange side then other brands. We personally like their Natural Pine color better but used the Cedartone at the customers request.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- UV discoloration after 2 years had faded at about 20% of the original color. The color actually looked better (less orange) then it did when first applied.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- We noticed a little wearing of the deck in the high traffic areas and around the table. The majority of the deck had the stain intact.

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Armstrong Clark Wood Stain

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is an oil-based stain backed by  5 generations of experience in the exterior wood stain industry. Armstrong Clark is offered in 3 different versions: Trans parents, Semi-Transparent, and Semi-Solid Colors.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stains are composed of drying and non-drying oils that separate during the application process. The drying oils cure and protect the exposed surface of the wood from natural weathering and UV radiation while the non-drying oils condition the interior of the wood by lubricating the wood cellular structure.

Armstrong Clark Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- The Armstrong Clark showed a rich deep enhanced color after application. The natural grain of the wood showed throughout the deck surface. The Mountain Cedar color was a “tannish” cedar color.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- The Armstrong Clark Wood Stain in the Mountain Cedar offered better then average UV protection. When using a semi-solid stain we expected to achieve excellent UV protection and the Mountain Cedar delivered. We would expect that the semi-transparent and transparent colors to offer slightly less UV protection due to the lesser amount of solids.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- Armstrong Clark Wood Stain had little to no peeling. The only wearing of the stain was on the steps. This most likely was the result of the homeowner’s dogs.

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TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain

TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain

TWP 1500 Series was introduced in the Summer of 2010 as the replacement for the TWP 500 Series. TWP 1500 stain is a semi-transparent oil based wood preservative registered by the EPA. The only deck preservative that is currently registered as an exterior wood preservative.

TWP 1500 Series is designed for all exterior unfinished wood. It has excellent UV resistance from graying. It is mostly used for exterior wood decking, wood fencing, log homes, cedar sided homes, etc. TWP 1500 comes in 10 colors that allow the natural grain of the wood to show through.

TWP 1500 Series Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8.5

- TWP 1500 Series had a beautiful rich look to the wood. Wood grain was highlighted naturally. 1501 Cedartone color was slightly brown for a traditional cedar color.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9

- Excellent at preventing uv graying at the two year mark. One of the top stains that we have tested in terms of absorbing the UV radiation that causes oxidation of the wood.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- Very good at preventing peeling. TWP penetrates deep into the wood. This seems to reduce any chance of wearing or peeling at the surface.

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Defy Extreme Wood Stain

Defy Extreme Wood Stain

Defy Extreme Stain was introduced in 2008 as the newest member of the Defy Stain family. Defy Extreme Deck Stain in a penetrating water-based stain that does not film on the wood. Defy Extreme contains synthetic epoxy resins that “harden” the wood pores below the surface.
Utilizing nano-technology, Defy Extreme is one of the best stains on the market when it comes to preventing UV graying.

*Note: Defy Extreme Wood Stain is an improved version of the Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. Containing the same ingredients but with the added UV protection of the zinc oxide nano particles .

Defy Extreme Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8.5

- Defy Extreme Stain had a rich look to the wood. Natural grain was highlighted evenly throughout. The Defy Extreme did not mask the grain like other water based wood stains. Penetration of the stain into the wood was excellent. The Cedartone color was slightly on the “orange” side but acceptable for a cedar deck stain color.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9

- One of the best in the industry. Testing over a 2 year period showed little to no color fade. The zinc oxide nano particles seemed to help drastically with the Ultra Violet radiation that turns the wood gray.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- Better then average wear and tear. High traffic areas show some wearing but overall tested
extremely well. No noticeable peeling.

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Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit

Restore-A-Deck is the only product on the market that offers both a Step 1 Deck Cleaner and a Step 2 Deck Brightener in the same kit. Restore-A-Deck comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2 lb container makes 5 liquid gallons. Simply pour each into a five gallon container and add water to dissolve the powder concentrate.

Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

- The Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Deck Cleaner did very well at removing general dirt and grime. The deep cleaning formula made it easy to break down the gray wood cells. All mold was removed as well. The Step 1 Deck Cleaner did not remove some rust stains from the furniture but the Step 2 Brightener did.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

- The best on the market today. Cost to clean and brighten an average 600 square foot deck is less then $.07 a foot. Since Restore-A-Deck comes in a powder we liked that you only needed to mix as much as you needed. Very little waste.

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SW Deckscapes Oil Review

SW Deckscapes Oil Review

Long-lasting penetrating oil-based formula protects the beauty of wood with a rich semi-transparent stain. Scuff-resistant formula with maximum UV protection that resists fading.
Waterproofs to prevent moisture damage.

Note: This is a test in the Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Oil Based Formula. This formula tested better then their water based version. See Here for Water Based Review: SW Deckscapes Review

Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7.5

- Sherwin Williams DeckScapes in the oil formula penetrated much better then their waterborne version. Application of the stain was decent and the color of the Cedar bark was a brown cedar. After drying a day, the stain looked blotchy in appearance. We applied a light second coat to even out the look.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7

- 2 years later the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes lost about 30% of it’s original color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

- The Oil based version of the Deckscapes is definitely an improvement over the water version. The oil penetrates deep into the wood. This resulted in average wear and tear for our test deck.

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Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

Important Note:  This is our 2nd Review of Behr Exterior Weatherproofing Wood and Deck Stains. First review was completed in 2010.

See Here for 2010: Behr Deck Stain Review

BEHR’s best semi-transparent product, this advanced 100% acrylic formula penetrates deep into wood to deliver complete protection from the elements for up to 6 years on decks and 8 years on fences and siding. The silicone-fortified formula delivers excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is available in 60 custom colors that add beauty while allowing the natural wood grain to show through. The alkyd/acrylic formula combines the benefits of an oil-based finish and the convenient cleanup of a water-based product.

Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 2

- The application of the Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain was a repeat from our first test.  We found that the Behr does not penetrate into the wood like the product claims it should. It dries on top of the surface like a paint. It had the look of a semi-solid with much of the wood grain masked by the pigment. The Cedar color on the deck made it look like a pumpkin.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- The one positive about the Behr is that it has excellent UV protection in the areas where the stain had not failed. Unfortunately this was only half of the deck floor and most of the railings.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 1

- The cedar porch was “Behr” of stain on more then half of the flooring. The stain had peeled or worn in large uneven patches. Vertical rails did not have any issues.

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Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One

Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One

Note: This review is for the Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One. This is their newer water based version. For the Oil Based review see: Olympic Maximum Stain Review

OLYMPIC MAXIMUM Deck, Fence & Siding Semi-Transparent Stain provides a subtle color that allows wood’s natural grain and texture to show through. Core shell hybrid resin technology provides deep stain penetration, waterproofing and UV defense to strengthen, protect and condition wood fibers, ensuring the wood’s natural beauty lasts.

Recommended for use on properly prepared exterior wood, including decks, fences, siding, railings, outdoor furniture, and other wood surfaces.

Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6

- The Olympic Maximum Stain + Sealant in One is a water based acrylic oil hybrid. What that really means is that it is a waterborne stain. This stain applies like the majority of watered based stains in that it is a film-forming stain the does not penetrate into the wood deeply. The appearance of the Cedar natural tone on the deck was a mild orange color. We applied evenly but the final look was uneven as some of the stain dried into the wood and some did not.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- After 2 years the Olympic Maximum in the water based version did a fairly decent job with only about 30% fading

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 5

- This stain had worn about 50% on the surface and handrails. Not a very good showing here.

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TWP 100 Wood Deck Stain

TWP 100 Wood Deck Stain

Important Note:  This is Our 1st Review of TWP 100 Series Stain. Our second review was completed in 2012. Please see here: TWP 100 Stain Review 2013

TWP 100 Series Wood and Deck Preservative has been manufactured for over 20 years while proving to be one of the best products on the market.  TWP Stains are registered as wood preservatives by the Environmental Protection Agency, the only stain to achieve this distinction. TWP 100 Series is a 550 VOC compliant wood stain that is available currently in 36 states. Composed of natural and synthetic oils, TWP 100 Series will provide ample protection from snow, rain, and ultra violet radiation.

TWP 100 Series has been rated #1 by Consumer magazine.

TWP 100 Series Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8.5

- We tested the 101 Cedartone color for the pool deck. The semi-transparent color was a traditional cedar color, slightly orange/yellow. The stain had no issues penetrating into the wood completely and did not mask the wood grain.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- The TWP 100 Stain retained 80% of the original color after 2 years of weathering.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8.5

- TWP 100 exhibited zero peeling of the stain after 2 years. Slight wearing around the stairs where the wood butted up to the pool. This area was slightly more faded as well. Possibly from the chlorine in the pool.

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Flood CWF Oil Review

Flood CWF Oil Review

Flood CWF-UV 5 OIL  is a high quality translucent, transparent and semi-transparent wood finish for exterior wood. It is a deep penetrating oil that is fortified with Flood’s Penetrol additive for maximum protection. Containing transparent oxides to protect from graying and ultraviolet damage.

Note: Flood CWF products have undergone numerous changes in the last 20 years. Flood back in it’s heyday was at the top of the stain world with their original oil-based formula. This formula is no longer available as the company has gone through numerous changes such as product reformulation (change from oil to water based), name changes (Supreme Performance), and parent companies. Flood is currently owned by Akzo Nobel. It seems that Flood has gone back to it’s roots by reviving the CWF formulation that powered this company in the first place.

We only hope that the CWF is as good as it used to be in the early 1990′s.

Flood CWF Oil Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7

- The Flood CWF in the transparent cedar color had a nice golden color with a hint of orange. The cedar deck was highlighted with a rich color but the knots of the wood were very light, almost blond in color. There were a few shiny spots throughout the deck where the stain did not absorb very well.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7

- Flood CWF did okay at the two year mark where about 70% of the original color remained on the wood. We were please but had hoped for better results.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- We noticed a small amount of wearing on the stairs after the two years. Most of the deck did not have any issues.

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Armstrong Clark Hardwood Stain

Armstrong Clark Hardwood Stain

A high solids pigmented finish made from heavy and light bodied oils specially formulated for application on unpainted hardwoods. Heavy bodied oils provide water repellency. Extra pigments provide enhanced color retention on hardwoods. Light bodied oils combined with solvent penetrate into the wood. Armstrong’s Semi-Transparent Hardwood Finishes repel water, retain color longer and reduce the frequency of re-coats on maintenance intensive hardwoods.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

Armstrong Clark Hardwood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- The Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color had a very rich look on our IPE test deck. We applied one coat at the Mahogany color enhanced the natural colors of the IPE with a reddish brown color. The stain did not film on the surface but absorbed into the wood.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 8

- We found the the Armstrong Clark in Mahogany out performed all other Hardwood deck stains when it comes to color retention on Ipe. Many of the stains we tested had lost the color within 8 months while the Armstrong still had a decent amount of color. See picture below for a sample board that we tested.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- Armstrong Clark Hardwood stain did not peel on our test deck. A small amount of wearing was noticeable around the door. Armstrong penetrates very well into IPE wood.

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Defy Hardwood Deck Stain

Defy Hardwood Deck Stain was developed to penetrate dense exotic woods such as IPE, Tigerwood, Camura, Teak, and Mahogany. The Defy Hardwood Stain contains synthetic resins that absorb into the wood leaving a natural semi-transparent finish. Defy Hardwood is a “green” friendly finish that blocks out water and provides long lasting protection from weather damage.

Defy Hardwood Stain should also be considered for oil-rich woods such as Cedar and Redwood, offering better penetration for these wood types.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

Defy Hardwood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- We choose the Defy Hardwood in the Light Walnut color to enhance the natural brownish/red tones of the IPE decking. The IPE looked stunning when the stained was applied but dried a little lighter. Overall a very rich look to the IPE as expected.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 8

- As mentioned previously we only test exotic hardwoods for 1 year. Defy Hardwood Stain was one of a few stains that lasted the full 12 months on the IPE wood. About 80% of the original color was left on the IPE.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- Being that IPE is extremely dense we expected some wearing of the Defy Hardwood Stain. Overall the Defy did well and smalls amounts of wearing were visible throughout the IPE on the flooring and steps.

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IPE Oil Finish

IPE Oil Finish

Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish is designed specifically for IPE and other Brazilian Hardwoods. Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish offers deep penetration into dense exotic woods protecting the wood from water and UV damage.

Ipe Oil™ can be used on all types of wood including ipe, tigerwood, cumaru, or and hardwood decking and wood siding, preserving the natural grain while enhancing at the same time. Ipe Oil™ Deck Finish is a 250 VOC compliant oil-based finish that can be used in all 50 states.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

IPE Oil Hardwood Stain Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- IPE Oil comes in only a Natural Finish. This is a transparent but pigmented color that really enhance the natural grain of the wood. The finished look after drying was a beautiful rich tones of brown with a hint of red throughout our IPE wood.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 7

- We only test exotic hardwoods for 1 year. IPE oil had retained most of it’s color. Only about 30% of the color has faded from the wood. The was still a decent amount of color left.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- IPE Oil penetrates very well into exotic hardwoods. There wasn’t any peeling of the stain from the wood, even in the high traffic areas.

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Messmers Hardwood Decking Stain

Messmers Hardwood Decking Stain

Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods was developed to penetrate and protect exotic hardwoods. This stain will help preserve and protect hardwoods from UV fading and water absorption. The two colors available will restore the wood’s natural color tones.

Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods was the first stain specifically designed for difficult to penetrate exotic woods.

Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains

Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.

Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- The Red Mahogany color was used for the IPE test deck. We choose this color since the manufacturer said it would last a little longer then the Natural tint. The stained appearance when dry was a beautiful color of reddish brown tones throughout our IPE.

Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 7

- As mentioned previously we only test exotic hardwoods for 1 year. Messmers retained 70% of it’s original color after one year in the full sun areas and close to 80% in the shaded areas. Overall good results for an IPE deck.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- The Messmers Hardwood stain exhibited little to no peeling on the wood. The stain faded evenly without any wear patterns.

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Synta Deck RestoreNote: Rust-Oleum bought Synta Deck Restore in 2012. It is now called Rust-Oleum Restore.

Deck Restore™ is the smart alternative to deck replacement. It revives and protects wood surfaces such as wood and composite decking, stairs, docks and more.

Deck Restore™ is water based, low odor and fills up to 1/4” cracks.

Synta’s Deck Restore is designed to “mask” the wood. It will not show the wood grain. Promoted as a product for wood that is beyond conventional restoration.

Note: Class Action Lawsuit has been filed against Rust-Oleum Restore 10x:  See Here

Synta Rust-Oleum Restore Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 5

- Synta Restore is basically a very thick paint that is designed to mask the wood and fill any large cracks and voids. To us it looked very fake on the pressure treated deck. We also noticed that the finish (after full drying) is very hot to the touch when exposed to direct sunlight. To the point that you would not be able to walk on the surface with bare feet.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10

- Being a solid non-translucent product, the (Rust-Oleum) Restore does not show any signs of UV fading. This is normal for solid stains and paints.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

- Synta (Rust-Oleum) Restore showed some wearing in the high traffic areas and between the decking boards. It seems that the (Rust-Oleum) Restore did not adhere between the boards as the finish curled up here.

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Bakers Wood Deck Stain

Bakers Wood Deck Stain

Baker’s Gray Away wood stain from Texas Wood Products is a premium, long lasting, easy to apply stain, sealer and wood preservative perfect for Fences, Decks, Roofs, Siding and Log homes. Special UV stable pigments, resins and heavy duty penetrating oils make Baker’s stain is the first choice of professionals for deck staining, fence staining, deck sealing, fence sealing, staining cedar shakes and siding and any other exterior wood sealing project.

Bakers Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7

- The Super Cedar Gold was used for the test deck. The color did not highlight evenly throughout the decking surface. The knots in the wood had a much lighter tone of color while the rest of the wood had a yellow hue to the wood grain.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 5

- We were not impressed with the Baker’s stain after two years. The majority of the color had a washed out look and there was a decent amount of graying of the wood cells.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

- Bakers Wood Stain films closer to the surface then other stains that we have tested. About 30% of the finish had completely worn off in the higher traffic areas. Closer to the house there was some heavy peeling of the stain

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Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit

Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener system is a powerful “eco-friendly” two part restoration system. 100% Biodegradable Concentrated powder formula. Prep wood surfaces for re-coating with a wood or deck stain and restores weathered gray wood to natural color.

Note: We tested Gemini’s Restore-A-Deck Kit on a heavily gray and dirty fence that was neglected for 8 years.

Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

- Gemini’s Restore-A-Deck Kit worked very efficiently to remove the graying from the fence. Even though the fence was severely neglected, the cleaner and brightener restored the wood to 90% of it’s original look.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

- Excellent! Gemini’s Restore-A-Deck Kit is a powdered concentrate that is hard to beat when it comes to cost. The kit can clean and brighten up to 1000 sq. feet. You would need 3-5 times as much if purchasing a liquid packaged cleaner or brightener.

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TimberOil Brand Stain - For New Decks

TimberOil Brand Stain - For New Decks

Not to be confused with Cabot Australian Timber Oil

Timber Oil Brand is a deep penetrating paraffin oil-based wood and deck stain. This stain dives deep into all exterior wood to condition the wood cells while preventing UV fading and water damage.

TimberOil Brand is strongly suggested by the manufacturer for all new wood. Many wood and deck stains have difficulty with penetrating new exterior wood such as cedar, redwood, and especially pressure treated pine. Timber Oil Brand promises ease of application and proper penetration into new decking.

Note: We tested the TimberOil Brand on a new cedar deck three weeks after installation. Only prepping was a light cleaning to remove the dirt.

TimberOil Brand Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- The Timber Oil Brand looked even on our new cedar test deck. No overlapping or issues were apparent. The Honey Gold color was a rich “wet look”. The railings did not have any drips or runs. Penetration into the wood was 100% with no surface film or oily residue.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 5

- About 50% of the original color was left after 2 years. Wood looked more “natural”.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- Timber Oil Brand had a slight amount of wearing on the railings otherwise there was no issues.

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Ready Seal Stain Review

Ready Seal Stain Review

Ready Seal® Stain and Sealer for Wood is a Professional Grade wood stain. Ready Seal® Wood Stains may be used on fences, decks, arbors, gazebos, log cabins and any other outdoor wood project. Developed for contractors, Ready Seal is now available to homeowners. Ready Seal will not run or drip and will always apply evenly. It is a unique blend of paraffin oil, quality resins, finely ground trans-oxide pigments and algaecide.

Ready Seal® Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

- The Ready Seal® had a nice even application on the wood. The Gold color enhanced the older pine decking similar to as if wet with water. We did notice that the stain color faded significantly after a few days.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 1

- There was no color left after two years. Very poor at preventing UV graying.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- Ready Seal® penetrates extremely deep into the wood. It does not peel.

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Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain is a 70% solid, pro grade, wood deck finish developed to give superior protection and enhanced color to exterior wood. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains uses iron oxide pigments to prevent UV damage.  Containing tung and linseed oils that provide superior protection with mildewcides that inhibit growth of mildew. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains contain Carnauba for a durable finish that is scuff resistance.

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6

- We used the Superdeck Stain in the redwood color on a newly built redwood porch in Northern California. The final appearance after drying was a sticky uneven finish on our porch. The stain did not penetrate very well into the wood even though the Superdeck cleaner and brightener was used to prep prior to application. Only one light coat was applied.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- 80% of the initial color was left after 2 years of exposure in full sun. The Superdeck did score fairly well here.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- The was no peeling of the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain but there was wearing in the high traffic areas. This porch is the entrance to the home and the Superdeck was completely worn from the stairs to the door.

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EFC 38 Wood Cleaner

EFC 38 Wood Cleaner

EFC-38′s unique formulation provides the strength necessary to clean gray wood, mold, mildew and heavy accumulations of grime. EFC-38 contains sodium percarbonate and additional surfactants that boost the overall effectiveness. EFC-38 was designed to clean and prep all exterior wood.  EFC-38 is safe to use and makes an excellent tool for wood preparation prior to applying a wood coating..

EFC-38 Wood Deck Cleaner Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

- EFC-38 is very effective at removing graying wood cells and algae. The wood surface looked 90% or better when done with the cleaning. All algae and mold was removed from the fence.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

- Cost to clean the 1000 square foot fence was less then $.04 a foot. The powdered formula makes 5 gallons of liquid wood cleaner for 2 pounds of EFC-38

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Cabot Wood Deck Stains

Cabot Wood Deck Stains

Cabot Deck Stains offers 3 way protection for exterior wood and decking. This offers maximum durability from water damage while penetrating deep into the wood. Containing linseed oil and Trans-oxides, Cabot Stains will reflect UV damage giving long lasting protection. Cabot traditionally has been one of the leaders in the exterior wood restoration industry.

For the test deck and review we choose to use Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil in the Natural tone.

Cabot Australian Timber Oil Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7

- The Natural Tone of the Cabot Stain did a remarkable job at restoring the wood colors in our pine deck. The stain did not penetrate into the wood as expected and had shiny spots throughout the flooring.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

-The Cabot Deck Stain showed 60% color retention after 2 years. The Natural tint faded in color significantly on the flooring. We expected better results from the Cabot Australian Timber Oil.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7.5

-On 25% of the decking surface the Cabot Stain was completely gone after two years. It seemed that the winter did substantial damage to the stain as there was heavy wearing.

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HD80 Deck Stripper is a contractor grade stripper that is designed to remove the majority of transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solids stains. It will work on both water and oil based stains. It is not designed to remove solid color (opaque) deck stains or paints. Designed by a contractor, HD80 is a powdered formula that mixes with water.

HD80 Deck Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

- HD80 as with most stains stripper scores exceptionally well when it comes to removal of dirt, grime, and mold.

Cost Per Square Foot: 9

- Scores very well when it comes to cost effectiveness. One container of stripper sells for $23.99 and makes 5 liquid gallons. This translates to about $5 per liquid gallon. Each gallon covers 150 square feet.

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Defy Extreme Wood Stain

Defy Extreme Wood Stain

Defy Extreme Clear Wood Stain is the premier “crystal clear” decking finish on the market. The Defy Extreme Clear utilizes nano particles of zinc oxide into their formula. This is the same product that is used in sunscreen. These zinc oxide particles filter the UV radiation from the sun, prolonging the oxidation (graying) of the wood cells.

We tested the Defy Extreme on a wooden fence. Decking surfaces may have slightly different results.

*Note: Defy Extreme Clear Wood Stain is an “untinted” version of the Defy Extreme Stain. Clear wood deck stains traditionally will not last as long as a stain that has a tint when it comes to preventing UV graying.

Defy Extreme Clear Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- Defy Extreme Clear Stain did not change the appearance of the wood at all after drying. The Defy extreme Clear goes on the wood milky white but then dries clear without enhancing the wood or filming on top of the wood.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

- After 2 years the wood fence had retained close to 60% of the initial color. There was some graying of the wood that had southern exposure. Consider using the Defy Extreme Stain in one of the three tints if you would like better UV protection.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- The Defy Clear had no wearing on the vertical fence. There was a small amount of peeling on the horizontal cross bars. On further inspection it seemed as if the sprinkler system had worn off some of the finish.

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Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner

Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner

Cabot® Ready-to-Use Problem Solver® Wood Cleaner is specially formulated to remove mildew stains, mold, algae, dirt and other foreign matter from all painted, stained, unfinished or weathered wood surfaces. Use for routine cleaning and for properly preparing all surfaces prior to staining or painting.

Cabot Problem Solver® Wood Cleaner Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 6

- Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner is a sodium hypochlorite “bleach” based cleaner. It removed the mold but did a poor job on removing the graying and dirt.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

- In general we are not fans of liquid based wood cleaners. You are mostly paying for water in a bottle with a small amount of chemicals added. It is much more cost effective to purchase a powdered cleaner. Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner is fair priced for a liquid deck cleaner.

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Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD (Siding Railings Deck) is a high solid 1 coat wood and decking stain. The SRD offers 3 way protection for your exterior wood.  Protection from water damage, UV radiation, and Mold. Sikkens SRD penetrates deep in the wood and does not film on top of the wood.

Containing Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments, Sikkens SRD can be used on all unfinished exterior wood.

Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- The Sikkens SRD displayed a very nice natural cedar color to the pine dock. We were pleased at the penetration into the wood. Much better then other Sikkens stains that filmed on top of the wood like a varnish.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

- At the 2 year mark Sikkens SRD lost a lot of color after 24 months of full sun exposure. The stain that was left on the dock had either deteriorated away or darkened in color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

- The SRD exhibited bare spots on 30% of the flooring surface after 2 years. The dock exhibited a wear pattern down the middle of the walkway.

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BEHR Premium 2-In-1 Deck Cleaner

BEHR Premium 2-In-1 Deck Cleaner

BEHR Premium 2-In-1 Deck Cleaner is a cleaner specifically formulated to clean and brighten wood surfaces as well as remove mildew stains. This unique product will also remove tannin bleed, red clay stains, rust stains on wood and masonry, and clean vinyl/aluminum siding, composite decks and more!

BEHR Premium 2-In-1 Deck Cleaner Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 5

- The BEHR Premium 2-In-1 Deck Cleaner did a poor job at cleaning and removing the graying. The cleaner did not remove ay of the mold or mildew from the wood. It did lighten the color of the wood slightly. On inspection of the contents it was determined that this product is more of a wood brightener then a wood cleaner. Contains oxalic acid and a soap additive.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

- Cheap for a liquid deck cleaner but since it does not work very well we could not give it a high rating here.

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Wolman DeckBrite Wood Deck Cleaner Review

Wolman DeckBrite Wood Deck Cleaner Review

Wolman™ DeckBrite Wood Cleaner is an oxygen powered wood cleaner used to clean and restore decks and other weathered wood. When mixed with water, DeckBrite quickly and safely restores dirty, weathered-gray, mildew and algae-stained wood to its bright, natural, like-new look. DeckBrite is used to prep for reapplication of wood stains as well.

Wolman™ DeckBrite™ Wood Deck Cleaner Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 8

- Wolman™ DeckBrite cleans and removes grayed wood very effectively. We prefer oxygenated based wood cleaners and the DeckBrite performs as we would expect.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

- Excellent! Powdered deck cleaners are hard to beat when it comes to cost.

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Wolman Durastain Review

Wolman Durastain Review

Wolman™ DuraStain Semi-Transparent Stain protects new and older decking/wood from UV radiation, mold growth and rotting.

Beautifies wood with a richly pigmented, semi-transparent, matte finish while providing  durability and prolonged color retention. Retains color longer than traditional semi-transparent stains. Ideal for wood exposed to severe sun.

Wolman™ DuraStain Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3

- When applied the Wolman™ DuraStain looks very unnatural. The stain sits on top of the wood similar to a paint or solid deck stain. It actually looks like a paint with just a small amount of transparency. The Natural Redwood color that used masked the wood grain instead of enhancing the wood grain.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 9

- Wolman™ DuraStain does an excellent job at preventing graying. We attribute this to the overall appearance of the stain. This product looks very close to a solid color stain. Lots of pigment means excellent UV protection. There was little to no graying of the stain that was still left on the deck. The areas that peeled (see below) had turned gray since the wood was bare.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 3

- We were not impressed with the Wolman™ DuraStain when it came to preventing peeling at the two year mark. When a stain does not penetrate into the wood but rather “films” on top of the wood then the chance for peeling is greatly enhanced. The Wolman had peeled on 30% of the flooring.

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Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain

Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain

Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper is the first and only stripper on the market that is designed to be injected through a pressure washer or can be applied with a pump up sprayer. The Restore-A-Deck stripper when injected can remove transparent and semi-transparent wood stains. When applied through a pump sprayer, the RAD stripper is 2-3 times stronger and can remove most transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solid deck stains.

The Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper needs to be neutralized with a wood brightener.

Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

- The RAD stripper easily cut through the dirt. All mold was removed from the deck.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

- Used as an injectable, the RAD stripper covers over 1500 sq. feet for the 2 pound, $25 a bottle. When pumped on with a sprayer you will get closer to 750 sq. feet. Either way the RAD stain stripper is a bargain to use for the cost!

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Penofin Blue Label Stain Review

Penofin Blue Label Stain Review

Penofin (PENetrating Oil FINish) Blue Label preserves and protects exterior wood. Using trans-oxide pigments, Penofin Blue label retains the wood’s natural colors while penetrating deep into the wood fibers. Use Penofin Blue Label on fences, decks, and unfinished exterior wood siding.

Note: For this test we used the Penofin Blue label on a vertical fence in Texas.

Penofin Blue Label Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- Penofin stains always present some of the most natural looking wood. The Cedar color used highlighted the grain without adding too much orange or yellow tones. Penetration into the fence was excellent.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7

- After 22 months we evaluated the Penofin Blue Label on the fence. Color retention was decent as the Blue Label had only lost about 30% of it’s original Cedar color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

- Excellent penetration into the wood means very little peeling. The Penofin Blue Label deserves a high score for this. Very small amount of wearing was only visible on the horizontal parts (cross beams) of the fence.

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