Deck Stain Brand Comparison

Exterior wood and decks stains are all designed to protect and preserve your exterior wood from the elements. Decks stain brands differ though drastically in the ingredients, solids, etc. Deck stains also come in variety of types: Transparent, Semi-Transparent, and Semi-Solids that will determine the opacity of the stain when applying to the wood

In this article we will compare the deck stain brands that we have reviewed to give a better understanding of physical properties, application info, and any other useful data that can help you determine which stain to use.

Armstrong Clark Behr Premium Wood Stain Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat Cabot Australian Timber Oil Defy Extreme
Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Water Based Acrylic Filming Staining Water Based Acrylic Filming Staining Oil Based Penetrating Stain Water Based Penetrating Stain
Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solid Semi-Transparent Semi-Solid Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
1-2 Coats 2 Coats 1 Coat Base, 1 Top Coat 1 Coat 1-2 Coats wet on wet
200-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 100-200 Sq. Feet Per Gallon
Paint Thinner Cleanup Water Cleanup Water Cleanup Paint Thinner Cleanup Water Cleanup
4-12 Hours Drying 4 Hours Drying 4 Hours Drying 4-24 Hours Drying 1-4 Hours Drying
Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States


Defy Epoxy  IPE Oil Flood CWF-Oil  Messmers  One Time
Water Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent Transparent and Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent (100% Solids)
1-2 Coats wet on wet  1 Coat  2 Coats  1-2 Coats  1-2 Coats
100-200 Sq. Feet Per Gallon  250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon  150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon  150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon  300 Sq. Feet Per Gallon
Water Cleanup  Paint Thinner Cleanup  Paint Thinner Cleanup  Paint Thinner Cleanup  Paint Thinner Cleanup
1-4 Hours Drying  4-8 Hours Drying  4-24 Hours Drying  4-12 Hours Drying  12-72 Hours Drying
Compliant All States  Compliant All States  Compliant All States  Compliant All States  Compliant All States

 

Penofin Ready Seal
SW Deckscapes
Sikkens SRD
Super Deck
Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain and Water Based Filming Oil Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain
Transparent and Semi-Transparent Transparent and Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent Transparent and Semi-Transparent
1-2 Coats 2 Coats 1-2 Coats 1-2 Coats 1-2 Coats
200-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 75-150 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-300 Sq. Feet Per Gallon
Paint Thinner Cleanup Paint Thinner Cleanup Water Cleanup or Paint Thinne Paint Thinner Cleanup Paint Thinner Cleanup
4-24 Hours Drying 4-48 Hours Drying 4-24 Hours Drying 4-24 Hours Drying 4-48 Hours Drying
Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States Compliant All States


Synta Deck Restore
Thompsons TWP Stains
Wolman Durastain
Water Based Acrylic Filming Staining Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Oil-Based Penetrating Stain Water Based Acrylic Filming Staining
Solid Stain Transparent Semi-Transparent Semi-Solid
2 Coats 1-2 Coats 1-2 Coats wet on wet 1-2 Coats
50-100 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 150-250 Sq. Feet Per Gallon 100-200 Sq. Feet Per Gallon
Water Cleanup Paint Thinner Cleanup Paint Thinner Cleanup Water Cleanup
4-12 Hours Drying 4 Hours Drying 4-24 Hours Drying 2-8 Hours Drying
Compliant All States Compliant All States *1500 Compliant All States -
*100 is compliant in only 33 States
Compliant All States


8 Responses to “Deck Stain Brand Comparison”

  1. bill says:

    I'm looking for a solid stain but don't see much here for reviews. There is only one on this page. Am I missing something on the website?

    • Bill, we really do not review solid stains. Just the synta product. When we use solids stains (which is rarely) we like the Flood brand. It seems to penetrate better. As contractors we like the grain to show and that is why we do not rate solids or use them for clients.

  2. wjmooney says:

    I'm looking for a quality solid or semi solid stain but there doesn't seem to be much on this website. Is this because they haven't been reviewed or there is nothing really out there?

    • All solid stains peel and this site is geared towards natural looking stains that show the wood grain. Armstrong Clark makes an excellent semi-solid stain.

      • wjmooney says:

        Thanks. I'm actually looking to just paint the fence a solid white and the deck with a semi transparent. Armstrong doesn't offer white. So if I want to use white, I'd be looking at repainting after a few years?

      • wjmooney says:

        I should have clarified, I only want to paint the fence white and the deck with a semi transparent stain. Armstrong doesn't have white. Since it a solid color would be only the fence, is there any chance there would be less peeling?

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