Sherwin Williams Deckscapes OIL Based Review

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.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

- We used 7 gallons of stain for our 800 foot test deck. 2 Coats of stain were applied to the deck surface, one day apart. Cost to stain was around $.30 a foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6

- The oil based version of the Deckscapes had a decent amount of black mold growing covering about 40% of the surface. The mold appeared to be growing underneath the stain. This would make reapplication difficult.

Ease of Application: 8

- The SW Deckscapes applies fairly easily. We used a pump sprayer and stain pad application. flooring was applied with the pad while the railings were sprayed. Back brushing was minimal and coverage was adequate. No overlapping of the stain on the flooring. We had to apply a second coat though to the floor as the first coat penetrated very deep and looked light.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 6

- The stain darkened considerably after 2 years. Looked like a muddy brown color instead of the original rich cedar. Combination of mold and UV darkening the stain.

Ease of Reapplication: 6

- Reapplication of the DeckScapes would require stripping of the old stain. Failure to remove would cause the appearance to darken considerably if another coat was applied on top of the wood. Cleaning alone would not be enough to remove the mold and restore the original color. Fortunately stripping of this stain would be easy.

Overall Score Defy Extreme Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.9

- Much better then the waterborne but not up to par with other oil based deck stains. If you had to choose between the two versions of the Deckscapes, then absolutely choose the oil based version.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Sherwin Williams
Cost: $32.99 per Gallon, $160.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Oil
Available Colors: 30 Different Colors
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-12 Hours 24 hours fro recoat
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 550 Compliant – Cannot be sold to all states.
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Sherwin Williams

Test Deck Stats:

Location of Deck: KY
When Tested: August 2010 -2012
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 800 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used:
Cedar Bark


*All products tested and results are from our hands on experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ widely due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

2 Responses to “Sherwin Williams Deckscapes OIL Based Review”

  1. Cody says:

    Found this page and it's comments helpful so I figured i'd post. I've recently purchased this stain for the very large wrap around porch/deck on my own home. Originally purchased Behr Semi-transparent and was told by many to just try to give the stuff away before applying it to my deck. The deck may be 30 years older or more, I've been in the home for 20 years myself. In that time I've only had it restained once. Frankly, we never used the deck and didn't care. The deck, surprisingly remains structurally sound. After having the entire property cleared and landscaped and having planned a bbq for late july with about 100 guests coming I figured I'd attempt to stain the deck. I've already stripped it and brightened it, It isn't perfect but its good enough. MY feeling is Anything should look better than what was already there. I'll let you know how this turns out. I've never done this before myself so we'll see what happens. The Half the deck is in full sun, half in part shade, it is very old pressure treated and located in SW Fairfield County Connecticut. The weather here has been truly miserable and I'm hoping to have 24 rainless hours on July 4th to stain this thing.

  2. Nancy says:

    I would not recommend this product to my worst enemy. We spent hundreds of dollars on multiple gallons of this stain for a deck and a custom wood playset. We waited the recommended time for wood drying/curing prior to the application of the product. Both pieces are faded and the deck had a terrible mold problem. The product was applied onto dry clean wood in both cases (oil based stain) and several coats were applied. I filed a complaint with Sherwin Williams who promised to send someone out to inspect the deck and playset – they never called or came. Spoke with a friend who is in upper management at SW and he didn't seem to care either. Don't waste your money on this product!!! We just stripped the deck and are preparing to re-stain it this week. That is what brought me to this site – don't want to make another mistake and can't trust store employees.

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