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Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Review2.82/5(19)

Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD (Siding Railings Deck) is a high solid 1 coat wood and decking stain. The SRD offers 3 way protection for your exterior wood.  Protection from water damage, UV radiation, and Mold. Sikkens SRD penetrates deep in the wood and does not film on top of the wood.

Containing Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments, Sikkens SRD can be used on all unfinished exterior wood.

Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

- The Sikkens SRD displayed a very nice natural cedar color to the pine dock. We were pleased at the penetration into the wood. Much better then other Sikkens stains that filmed on top of the wood like a varnish.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

- At the 2 year mark Sikkens SRD lost a lot of color after 24 months of full sun exposure. The stain that was left on the dock had either deteriorated away or darkened in color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

- The SRD exhibited bare spots on 30% of the flooring surface after 2 years. The dock exhibited a wear pattern down the middle of the walkway.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

- The SRD is price at $45 a gallon. Coverage per gallons was closer to 200 feet per gallon. We used 6+ gallons for the 1200 sq. feet. This equals $.23 a foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 5

- After 2 years we noticed a lot of black mold growing on the dock. On inspection we noticed that the mold was imbedded into the stain that was still left on the dock. About 40% of the SRD had this problem.

Ease of Application: 6

- We were not pleased with the application process. Sikkens suggesting brushing the SRD into the wood. We took their advice and use a Wooster Stain Brush. It took close to 8 hours to apply the stain this way. We had many issues with the SRD dripping into the water below the dock creating an oily haze to the water.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 5

- Very poor. The high solids of the SRD stain darkened significantly. The original golden cedar color had turned a dark brown. The addition of the mold made the leftover stain look almost black in color.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 6

- A full stripping of the SRD would be needed. This will ensure that reapplication of a new stain will achieve even color and proper penetration into the wood. Failure to remove/strip will result in the stain darkening even more (where the stain is left) and very light in the bare areas.

Overall Score Sikkens SRD at 2 Year Period: 6.5

- Akzo Nobel is the largest stain manufacturer in the world with Sikkens being the most popular. We hoped that their signature stain would perform better but we were very disappointing with the final results. We are not fans of stains that darken significantly in color. This makes future maintenance much more difficult to perform.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Commercial Retail Stores
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $209.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent Oil-Based
Available Colors: 60 Colors
Application Temperature: 50-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-300 sq. ft
Application Tools: Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 6-25 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Akzo Nobel

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: June 2006
Deck Wood Type: Pine Boat Dock
Deck Square Footage: 1200
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used:
Natural Cedar

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


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131 Responses to “Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Review”

  1. D. K. Johnston says:

    Why would you produce a product that after one year it turns grey with the only alternative is to sand sikkens off and find another product.

  2. Doug says:

    My carpenter recommended Sikkens to me after I had some porch repair work. I have used Sikkens for ten years and counting. Put a new coat on my porch, steps and deck each year or every second year. Product works great, easy application, and never had a problem with appearance. I recommend it.

    • Jennifer says:

      I don't know if your wood has faded evenly but mine has not due to uneven UV exposure. I don't know whether to lightly re-stain the areas that are faded more or what because some areas are barely faded and are very close to the color at the original time of application.. I called sikkens for a clear product I could custom mix with it to dilute the pigment but they say there isn't one. I'm worried if I restain the whole thing it will be blotchy and require stripping. This is new timber and a very decorative part of my home's entrance. The first coast was a year ago..

  3. Leonard says:

    Is this suitable for cedar deck and, if applied again in 2 years over the original application, would it peal.

  4. Barb Platt says:

    Sikkens was the best product out there but the EPA forced changes that causes the stain to discolor and peal in a short time. My whole house finish was a semi gloss now the new product is flat and dull so I now have a multi finish house where the new has pealed and discolored the old is still on there from 1989 in places that were not gone over and it still has the semi gloss finish and is the same cedar color it was in 1989 when it was first done. I have a log home and it just ruined the look of my home.

  5. Jim Lawson says:

    8 years ago I applied Sikkins oil stain to my mahogany farmer's porch floor. I guess you can purchase pre-treated mahogany but I used un-treated. I followed the Sikkins directions, one coat only and wipe up any areas that puddled. I have had no peeling but over the years it has darkened and looks dull and I want to bring new life the the floor. I washed and then pressure washed the floor with a very powerful pressure washer. What should i recoat with. Do I need to use
    Sikkins?

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