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SuperDeck Stain Review2.88/5(24)

Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain is a 70% solid, pro grade, wood deck finish developed to give superior protection and enhanced color to exterior wood. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains uses iron oxide pigments to prevent UV damage.  Containing tung and linseed oils that provide superior protection with mildewcides that inhibit growth of mildew. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains contain Carnauba for a durable finish that is scuff resistance.

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6

- We used the Superdeck Stain in the redwood color on a newly built redwood porch in Northern California. The final appearance after drying was a sticky uneven finish on our porch. The stain did not penetrate very well into the wood even though the Superdeck cleaner and brightener was used to prep prior to application. Only one light coat was applied.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

- 80% of the initial color was left after 2 years of exposure in full sun. The Superdeck did score fairly well here.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

- The was no peeling of the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain but there was wearing in the high traffic areas. This porch is the entrance to the home and the Superdeck was completely worn from the stairs to the door.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

- Superdeck Semi-transparent stain costs $40 a gallon. The 800 foot porch needed 5 gallons to cover. This included the deck and the railings.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6

- After 2 years of weathering, the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain had a significant amount of mildew spots growing in the finish. Containing linseed oil (known feeder for mold), the Superdeck seemed ineffective at preventing the mold even though it contains mildewcide.

Ease of Application: 7

- We applied the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain with a staining brush to the entire surface of the porch. The stain had issues with penetration into the wood and did not dry evenly. It took nearly 8 hours to apply the stain with two people.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 5

- Very dissapointed with the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain turning a dark blackish color after two years. It seems that dirt sticks to the stain. There was a tree above the porch that may have contributed to this issue.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 6.5

- Unfortunately the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain will need to be stripped and brightened prior to reapplication since the stain had turned a very dark color after the two years.

Overall Score SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.69

- We were not impressed with the Superdeck stain. Most disappointed with the application and overall appearance after 2 years. Wood stains should not turn a dark black color after 2 years of exposure. This is very unsightly and makes reapplication difficult.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Lumber Yards and Paint Stores
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon, $189.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent as tested
Available Colors: Cedar, Redwood, Weathered Gray – Tintable to 60+ Colors
Application Temperature: 40-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 250-350 sq. ft. Actual coverage was 175 sq. feet as tested
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States. 100 VOC for LA Area
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Duckback

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: June 2010
Deck Wood Type: Redwood Porch
Deck Square Footage: 800
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used:

*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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119 Responses to “SuperDeck Stain Review”

  1. mike c says:

    Have you done any testing on super deck transparent stains?

  2. John says:

    We want oil stain back. Just because it smells doesn't mean we can't apply it outside on a deck. Oil stain back PLEASE. I stain about 200 to 300 decks a year. I have my own way of containing waste stain, in recycle barrels. I have 1 barrel every 2 to 3 years that gets recycled. This new system is totally environmental money grab. Shame.
    And no good reviews on new deck stain products. Hmmm wonder why?

  3. lotslopractice says:

    after 3 years the deck looks ok. Horizontal surfaces look pretty bad. Cleaned up well with deck cleaner and lots of elbow grease.vertical surfaces are good. I have cleaned deck and will repost horizontal surfaces only.i own several rental properties and have tried various brands of stain. So far Super deck is better than Behring or Cabots.

  4. Sonny M says:

    Just paid to have this put on deck May 1, and it still hasn't dried in areas and is sticky. Other areas are already weathered and wearing off. Is only way to fix it stripping and doing it again….with a different product this time?

  5. Michael Boice says:

    I've used this product for about 10 years professionally and have never experienced a sticky condition. Wood, once a living organism, is not a homogeneous man-made substrate. The variations in porosity and density in wood across all grades and species, except perhaps clear vertical or rift grain, require the applicator to pay close attention to the finishing process, in particular, the density variations found in wood.

    In my opinion, all stains should be re-applied once a year; wood breaths and as such renders itself vulnerable to the elements – sun, shade (moss, mildew mold) freeze and thaw cycles. Mold and mildew feed on all oil stains, its a common and frequent maintenance consideration, more so in shady conditions. Oil will not peel, however.

  6. Lori says:

    I am looking for a product to put on my driveway cement that we previously stained. Will this product work for this?

  7. Bill says:

    Very poor coverage. Spotty coverage. Would not recommend this product. Too expensive for the quality

  8. neva says:

    We experience the stain turning dark after a couple of year. I did seem as though dirt stuck to the stain.

  9. Craig Edmisten says:

    Used this product in April it's been 3 months and my customer is calling me back telling me his deck is turning black. Yes it's mold. Three months? I've never seen this in the 30 years I've been in the business. Now at best I will get stain replaced but all labor will be out of pocket. At this point I would recommend thinking twice before using this product.

  10. J.K. says:

    I live in Toronto, Canada and bought this product from Home Hardware in May and my deck HAS TURNED BLACK with mold!!!
    Home Hardware would not even refund me the price of the 2 gallons. NEVER buy this product. I have spend 6 hours scrubbing it with Thompsons Deck Stripper to finally get it mostly clean and start over.

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.