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Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Review 2.4/5 (34)

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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121 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.

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