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Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Review 2.49/5 (37)

SW DeckScapes Review

SW DeckScapes Review

Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Advanced Waterborne Transparent Stain offers 3 way UV protection for wood by absorbing, blocking and stabilizing the wood fibers. DeskScapes enhances the natural wood grain while preventing mold and mildew.

Note: We used SW’s DeckScapes in their water-based toner formula for our test and review.

Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 5

– Sherwin Williams DeckScapes is a water based acrylic formula that created a film on top of the wood after drying. The overall appearance of the redwood color was poor and the stain dried unevenly even though it was applied properly.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

– After 2 years the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes lost about 60% of it’s original color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 4

– The Sherwin Williams DeckScapes did not hold up well on our full sun test deck. After the second winter about 60% of the stain had peeled from the floor. This did not happen in just the high traffic areas but throughout the entire deck.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

– We used 4 gallons of stain for our 400 foot test deck. 2 Coats of the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes was applied. Cost to stain was around $.35 a foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– The DeckScapes tested very well on preventing mold and mildew. No mold was growing in or on top of the stain. Very small amounts of mold was visible in the wood where the stain had peeled.

Ease of Application: 3

– This stain is not easy to apply. We found that the Deckscapes dried incredibly fast. This made it very difficult to apply the stain as we worried about overlaps. We used a brush and roller with application and found that the stain did not apply anywhere near the manufacturers coverage rates. We found that the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes closer to 150 feet per gallon.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8

– Sherwin Williams DeckScapes does not darken in color but fades and peels.

Ease of Reapplication: 4

– Reapplication of the DeckScapes would not be easy. Since the stain had peeled badly you would need to use a heavy stain stripper followed by sanding to remove the stain from the rest of the deck. A light cleaning and re-coat would not work.

Overall Score Defy Extreme Stain at 2 Year Period: 5.75

– We were very disappointed in the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes. Having used SW paints in the past with excellent results, we expected better for their exterior decking stain. The Deckscapes does not apply very well, has a poor appearance when finished and peels.

Buyer Beware!

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Sherwin Williams
Cost: $32.99 per Gallon, $160.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: Natural, Redwood, Cedar
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 125-150 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 24-48 Hours
Cleanup: Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Sherwin Williams

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: May 2008
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 400 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun, Western Exposure
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used:

*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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131 responses to “Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Review”

  1. Sandra says:

    Cleaned fence property of mold and mildew with power wash. Spayed on dry fence, however, live in South Florida and now reading that this should not be applied in Sun. Thought Sherwin Williams would have told us that. Second coat uneven, inconsistent shading. Allot of dripping that unfortunately the painter missed as well. Nightmare after two coats and $500.

  2. paula says:

    This product went on fairly easy and dried extremely fast. Once dried, color was streaky and uneven (we followed all instructions). After the first winter, over 60% of the finish was gone, even on the vertical surfaces. Would not recommend to anyone.

  3. Mary T. says:

    I hate this new product. Sherwin williams short changed their deck customers when they completely changed the product and the colors with no cross reference as to what to buy for your pervious applications. I used cedar for 20 years and my deck always looked brand new when I redid it. I was sold a redwood when I took in a sample of what I had been using. They insisted it would match because I only wanted to do the deck floor. Well it is way too red and when it drys one the deck it is many different colors depending on how much sun it got over the years. Under the awing it is not covering the cedar and it looks bad. All those hours of labor and expense for what looks like a really bad job. I am 76 and still do my own painting of the deck and this is the first time I have been totally unhappy with the results. Would not recommend this product to anyone. wish I would have gone to Lowes or somewhere else to buy a product that would have been worth all of my labor. Never thought to look at comments before i tried it. Just spend another two hours trying to do a second coat and I sitll will have about 4 different shades on my deck Who in the $%^& at Sherwin Williams decided this was to be a better product than the one I was totally happy with for 20 years. Gee, would Sherwin Williams send someone over to redo it for me. I just am too tired to even finish it right now.

  4. Doug says:

    This stuff wasn't cheap cost wise but it ruined our deck after a year pealing. Can't clean it to reapply. Garbage. Sherwin Williams should make this right somehow !

  5. Carole E says:

    With Deckscapes being Sherwin Williams new, improved product for exterior use, I had high hopes for improvement. Applied at the start of summer and in the areas where the deck has the most amount of sun exposure, paint/stain started bubbling up. By August, the issue was so widespread and noticeable, I once again started scraping the boards (which were dry underneath) and found that removing this product was so simply – it came up in sheets. Some pieces of the peeled paint were 12" long. And when I say this product came up in sheets, all it took was scraping one end and I could pull off the rest with little or no effort. It's like having a winter coat and unzipping to remove. So VERY disappointed in the wearability, durability, and cost of this product. SW needs to go back to their original product and leave this one by the wayside.

  6. Joe McChristian says:

    I used Sherman Williams deck stain on a project it was the water based I have had nothing but a headache my customer noticed it was staining were ever water Sat on it also it was still soft to the touch two days after application Sherman Williams said that it was particular leaching and it would be okay in a few days that was a week ago it's not looking okay

  7. Sue M. says:

    I have a front porch that we built with composite decking. It is approximately 8 years old. It is very faded and warped. I would like to paint or stain it but after reading all of the horrible reviews for the Sherwin Williams and Behr deck stains I am hesitant to use any of these or similar products. How do you think a regular porch paint would work? Or do you think it's the nature of the composite material?

  8. shawn gwaltney says:

    Review of Sherwin Williams Deckscape is exactly as my results were with professional application…very disappointing.

  9. Anthony Whisman says:

    i applied this product to a deck sept 2014 it looks like it did when i started it did not last but a year

  10. Chris says:

    Terrible product. Does not last. Only one year old and needs to be redone. When I used Olympic stain, lasted 7 years in the hot Texas sun. Do north use this product unless you only want it to last a year. What a waste of time and money.

  11. jim says:

    Absolute rubbish..sherwin is a good product, been using it now for 10 yrs..if it peels it may not have been applied properly, the temperature plays a big part in the finish..harsh winter conditions can wear down the horizontal surfaces obviously..I know this im a professional deck restorer..great solid and semi stains.great pigment. ..not all colours are so great..but the ones I tecomend are 2nd to none..a bad tradesman blames his tools, if you know wat your doing there should rarely be a problem.

  12. JO DAUGHERTY says:

    Stain is peeling down to the bare wood even in low traffic areas. Peeling started at the end of year one. I too thought I could rely on a Sherwin Williams product. Not so.

  13. Suzanne silva says:

    Horrible horrible wear so sorry we used it. Sherman Williams says it its wonderful buy them after they will say it's won't last

  14. cynthia cornwell says:

    After less than 1 year entire deck was peeling! Stain was applied by a professional.
    Hoping that there is some sort of refund on this product…

  15. Jay watson says:

    Will never use again does not hold up 60% of deck peeling after 6 months

  16. Linda says:

    It's only been about 6 months and my redwood deck is already looking bleached out. I have to resand it and find another product. Very disappointed in this product

  17. Carla says:

    Terrible stain, peels, cracks. I now will have to have deck professionally sanded and start over. Of course with a different product. No more Sherwin Williams!!!

  18. jan says:

    Continuously peels off in spots – I must scrape & re-paint EVERY year!!! There must be something better than this out there.

  19. kathryn rhinehart says:

    After applying this product in 2001, it started peeling. Put another coat on the following year, it again peeled. Now, 2016,
    it hasn't completely peeled off, however, I'm now researching different ways to resolve this problem. One, chemically remove remaining Deckscape finish and cover with something compatible, or flip the deck boards and start over again. Flipping the decking seems easiest. Next, I'll have to research the market to learn what is a worthy finish for my deck. Any suggestions?

    • You have to remove it all if you do not flip. Flipping is harder than you think and sometimes shows water stains where the joists touched the wood and they may not come out. After you flip or remove, use a penetrating semi-trans stain like TWP.

  20. trace says:

    I'm a finish carpenter. I mostly do casework, cabinetry, and furniture but still take on rough and outdoor jobs at times. I tested and used each of the versions (transparent, semi-transparent, and solid) of this stain in two different colors recently. Applied with a brush, the transparent and semi-transparent appeared very light – like a colored wash. On aged wood, the color was all but lost. Rolled on, both versions looked horrible. Spraying produced the most even coverage but the transparency of the product was lost. The solid version applied with a brush was noticeably better but still had an inconsistent appearance when dry. A second coat also yielded sub-par results in both application and appearance. My best results came by spraying on the solid color. However, the finished product looked painted rather than stained. This may be okay for a pine deck, but if the deck was of something more exotic, I'd go back to an un-tinted transparent sealant rather than taking a chance with this stuff. The only time it impressed me was how easily it cleaned up. As for peeling, it is almost always preventable by properly preparing the surface before applying. I've preferred SW paints for over 20 years but will go back to Cabot or Sikkens for my future outdoor staining projects.

    • maryclaire says:

      Hi I have a composite deck "CorrectDeck". It's made out of 60% wood fiber and 40% polypropylene. Would you let me know what Cabot or Sikkens product you liked best? Thanks!

  21. K. Mager says:

    I painted 2 coats originally over older stain on deck approximately 10 years old in 2011 exactly as required. First year paint was bubbling up in spots. Scraped the bubbles and went right down to bare wood. Each year keep scraping bubbles and paint just peels off it appears to be wet underneath. Shoveled the snow off in winter with plastic shovel thought this could help. Now there are spots that are starting to rot the wood where chairs are attached to deck. Will have to replace the deck as it is peeling worse as time goes on. I have sanded the areas and painted each year. Pressure washing is a night mare as lifts up some but not all. Not a good product. Sorry I ever used it thought I could get the very best product at Sherwin Williams but not so.

  22. jean says:

    This stain did not even last to the next year, I had to wait due ti expense until two years. Had to have someone out again to prepare wood for stain but due to cost stained it myself. Would not recomend this product.

  23. Deborah Mac says:

    We put this on our pool deck and stairs and shed platform last year. We used Hawthorne Semi-Solid. With the cost and following ALL prep instructions and application instructions, I am so very disappointed. The deck is spotted and already chipping and peeling. It also has a white haze on all surfaces painted. I would never recommend this product to anyone to use. I read reviews and asked questions before choosing it…today I realize I made a huge expensive mistake. I questioned the need to seal it after application and was told I didn't need to. Something sure went wrong.

  24. Donna Burns says:

    Buyer beware!!! After a few years our deck is peeling!! Not supposed to peel. It is now needing to be stripped and will require a great amount of time and hard work to get it looking good again.

  25. Marilyn says:

    I used SW deck scapes and it peeled after 2 years. Before that I used the Olympic stains, that product lasted 7 up years, I should have stayed with Olympic stains. In my opinion Olympic stains are a better product

  26. Rose says:

    HELP !!!! The Sherwin Williams DeckScape treated deck began to peal almost immediately after the University Painters (Sara Williams of Fairfax VA manager) completed the job. I reported this to them and their manager Sara Williams came and saw all the pealing. I have asked repeatedly for this to be fixed. All my friends and neighbors are shocked at how bad the deck looks. The deck looked way better BEFORE your product was applied. How can my deck be restored to its former beautiful self? Thanks.

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