We have compiled a full list of all of the manufacturers websites who make exterior wood and deck stains, cleaners, brightener, strippers, etc.
The list is for all brands that we have currently tested and reviewed:
Armstrong Clark Wood Stain
Bakers Gray Away
Behr Wood Stains
Cabot Exterior Wood Products
Defy Exterior Wood Products
Messmers Wood Products
Olympic Decking Stains
Padco Stain Pad Applicators
Penofin Stains and Cleaners
Shurline Stain Pads
Sikkens Wood Stains
SuperDeck Wood Care
Thompsons Water Seal
I purchased a Natural finish wood stain made by Messmer two years ago. I live in south florida and now appreciate the light color was a mistake. I need to get a darker more UV resistant stain. Please advise me what is the highest quality manufacturer for my pine fence. Thanks
Randy, clean and brighten the wood fence first. You are correct that the Mesmmers in Natural is very light. This means it will fade faster then a darker pigmented stain. I would try the Armstrong Clark in one of the semi-solids for maximum UV protection.
I had my new deck stained with messmer stain ( cedar deck ) last year.
How do I clean it properly without damaging the stained surface ?
Light cleaning with a deck cleaner should not remove the Messmers.
I have a Ipe deck finished twice with Messmer's UV stain natural. It is on a roof top in Florida which is on the ocean.
Gets salt from the ocean and direct sun. It's time to stain it again. Can you take me through the steps. We pressure washed it with just water and it looks like more scrubbing is needed to get all the prior finish off. I would appreciate your reply as soon as possible and I would like to thank you in advance for your help.
Barbara, it would be best to use a stain stripper followed by a wood brightener to prep. It will take the Messmers off with relative ease when using a pressure washer.
I seal about 150 decks a year. For Ipe I do a light sanding of the floor (60 grit). this will aid in opening up the grain, and will help the seal to get into the wood better.
I have cedar posts and rails on a home i have purchased there has been no prep on this beautiful wood how do i bring back the richness and protect it
Eileen, clean and brighten with the Restore A Deck Kits. Stain with Defy Extreme.
I stained my deck after cleaning with power washer with Behr Deck Over, in redwood finish, last fall. The spindles and handrails still look good, but the floor is peeling in numerous areas. I contacted Behr and they've given me two different recommendations: to clean with their Behr cleaning product then restain or to strip with their stripping product and restain. The stripper I've tried in a test area and it will be very labor intesive to remove the entire stain by stripping. I'm wondering if it might be better just to recoat with the Behr Deck over again and then after it cures to add a coat of Thompson's water seal. Would the water based Behr work under the Thompsons?
Angie, never put a product like Thompson\’s on top of a stain. It will not work. At this point you really have two choice. Strip/sand it all off and go with a different brand or reapply Behr annual as it will continue to peel every year.
has anyone tried Eco Wood Treatment?
Has anyone used the Behr Deck Over or the Synta "Restore" product. What was the result? How durable has it been?
Is sanding acceptable stripping method for white cedar?
John, if needed only. We thing sanding creates issues with the stain penetration.
I wish I had found this site 2 years ago when we installed our deck….I did not know one needs to wait to stain when installing new decking. My 2 questions are : We stained immediately…anything I can do at this point? Also, I used a product that was recommended by the store called 'Natual In-Wood' by United Coatings. The color changed fairly quickly from a clear light color to a dark weathered color. Any suggestions as to what to do at this point?
Vickie, strip and brighten for the prep. Stain with TWP 1500 or Defy Extreme.
I lightly sanded ( just some areas) and washed a three year old pergola with benches. Then I stained it with a para product called Raincoat. It turned out great except the bottom of the posts remained darker in colour. Can someone tell me what is making the bottom posts darker and what do I need to do to matche them to the rest of the pergola?
Lee, not sure what caused this.
My deck was just coated with Thompson's water seal and I don't like the look. Can I go over it with Behr Deckover without having to sand it?
Teri LC, that probably will not work.
I was told Wolman Solid Color deck stain was a good product to use on Correct Deck composite decking material to renew the color and seal it. I can't find any where to buy it and the link on your website to Wolman Products goes no where. Any suggestions?
We had a new deck built about a month ago out of pressure treated pine. I am SO confused about how to care for it. (now I know why we never treated the previous deck:-) It seems that every product has both positive and negative reviews depending on where you read the comment. We had originally planned to use Flood semi transparent based results my neighbor has had. Then the painter we are going to use recommended Sherwin Williams. Both have poor reviews on here. I can't find any of the products that are top rated on here without ordering even though I am in a fairly large city…Birmingham Al. There is a store that carriesTWP about 90min away. Is there a way to protect it without staining? Are there any products that will not have to be "removed" before other applications of stains or sealers in the future. The deck faces the southwest with half of it protected from sun until about noon. There was a slight mildew problem on the original deck in that area.
I'm surprised that you haven't evaluated a deck/dock stain call WoodRx Ultra which is manufactured by Inseco, a Fort Myers, Fl. company. Many of the marine lumber companies in SW Florida only recommend this product because of its' performance. I'm not a salesperson. I'm just an environmentally conscious, first time dock stainer who was really impressed by this company's stain and also their all natural eco-friendly paint & stain stripper which I successfully used on two docks. It would be great to see you also do a review on the stain stripper. I really appreciated that it was safe to use in the environment since I'm on a bay with lots of marine life around. It's call P-Strip and it's non-caustic; it's not even harmful if it contacts the skin and cleans up with soap & water.
I am getting ready to stain my 5 month old pressure treated pine deck for the 1st time. I live in central Florida. I will be wanting a darker stain to match my house and I want to use a stain & water sealer combo to save money and make it last longer. I was told to use a wood cleaning product first even thought the deck is only 5 months old. Any advice on this project or on which brand stain & water seal is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.'
Steve, yes all new wood should be prepped with a deck cleaner and wood brightener. Stain with the Armstrong Clark for this in FL.
I am on the SC coast. I have a deck that is 18 months old, it has never been treated. Can I use TWP 100? The deck is 12' x 40' with rails and pickets and stairs going down about 15' with rails and pickets. how much sealer do I need. Can I put a solid stain (white) over TWP 100 or do you offer a white color That I can use on rails and pickets. I would like the floor to be semi transparent olive green, is that possible.
Mark, TWP does not come in a solid color, white, or olive green. You cannot use TWP than put something else on top. If you wan these colors then you need to get them custom mixed in a solid color.
I have a lot of lattice to stain along with my deck. Can I use twp 1500 in an electric sprayer to be more efficient and speed things up?? North Georgia mountains with a lot of shade from hardwoods.
Yes put you may need to back brush the stain into the wood grain to help with a proper application.
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