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Sherwin Williams Deckscapes OIL Based Review3.33/5(2)

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:

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.


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5 Responses to “Sherwin Williams Deckscapes OIL Based Review”

  1. 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.

    • Job says:

      Nancy I'm a contractor that used this product and I had a terrible experience with it. Looks terrible. How did you strip the deck?? I've used SW seal and stain remover product that is supposed to be for this and tried to power wash it off… It's not doing the job. any suggestions?? JPL

  2. Greg Baron says:

    I stained a new deck for a customer 2013 late spring and and deck was installed in previous fall using Deckscapes semi transparent oil base, I cleaned and power washed deck because of the weathering and some slight fadeing. The would was completely dry and temperature was ideal. I applied it in the am in the shade so it would not dry to fast . did the job in two mornings before the sun hit it . Ive been painting and staining for 30 years. the coustomer came to me ,a friend and she said the stain on the horizontal surfaces was all flaking off??????? Never had this happen she was in tears. I have to go to the store in Brockport ny and find out what they are going do to help, GOOD LUCK RIGHT . I would never use their exterior stain again. And their interior , exterior paint prices are getting outragous,I have found that valspar is a very good paint and you cant beat their prices. My name is Greg Garon

  3. Wil says:

    I used this on a fence last summer. It is not even one year and it is already flaking in areas. This was for a regular customer too. Very embarrasing. Sherwin Williams always promotes their products like they are the best around and worth the extra costs. I have been dissapointed too many times with their paints as well

  4. David says:

    Bought this and applied it last year to a clean wood deck. So disappointing. Stain is already coming off in areas and showing wear. Will need ro re-stain my deck in one year! Don't buy this junk!

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