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When staining a deck there are many brands and types of stains to choose from. If you are looking for a certain color or wanting to mask the wood grain completely then a solid color deck stain is the best choice. There is however some things to consider when searching for the best solid color deck stains.

If the deck has been cleaned properly and does not have any existing coatings or finish on it then an oil based solid color stain is the way to go. These types of solid stains will always perform better than a water based solid stain. However, you may find that the oil based solid stains are harder to find due to strict VOC laws so any brand you can find should work.

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Deck stains have come a long way in appearance over the years. There is a wide array of colors, tints, and tones that can be added to deck stain. But what if you like the natural look of wood, do you really need a color or tinted deck stain or can you use a clear sealer? There are several reasons a deck owner may choose a colored deck stain over a clear sealer.

Color enhances beauty. Even if you like the natural look of wood, a slight color or tone can be added to enhance that “natural look.” A natural colored stain will also last longer in appearance than clear stain. A tinted deck stain is great for worn or older wood decks that need the boost in appearance.

The sun’s UV rays fade unprotected wood rapidly. While most deck stains repel water not all of them shield against sun fading. The more pigment that is present in a deck stain the more UV protection it provides. On a scale of 1-10 a clear stain would be a 1 in sun protection where a solid colored stain would be a 10. So when choosing a deck stain, sun blocking color stains and tints should certainly be part of the equation.

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Today’s deck stain products cover a wide range of different colors and tints. Depending on the type or brand of deck stain, you can normally find natural tones, cedar tones, walnuts, and redwoods as the most common choices. Some more unique color choices are grays, rustics, and olive tones just to name a few.

The opacity of the deck stain color will also greatly influence the final look. Very thin semi-transparent stains for example have less color pigment and will allow the wood to show through more. This type of colored deck stain may appear slightly different from one deck to another and on different types of wood. Darker more solid colors will show little to no wood grain so the actual deck stain color is more pronounced.

The best way to find out how certain deck stain colors are going to look on your deck is to order some wood stain color samples. Ordering a few of your favorite colors to test on your deck will help you to determine the final look making your decision a lot easier.

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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.