Baker’s® Gray-Away® Wood Stain from Texas Wood Products is recommended for decks, fences, roofs, wood siding and log cabins. Baker’s Wood Stain is a premium, long lasting wood sealer preservative with unique UV resisting pigments. Special resins and penetrating oils has made Baker’s Wood Stain a leading professional’s choice stain for exterior wood surfaces.
Bakers Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7
–On our test deck, we chose to use the Super Cedar color. The final appearance was an even finish. The wood knots were light compared to the rest of the surface that highlighted the wood grain with a golden hue.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7
–To say the least we were unimpressed with Baker’s Wood Stain at the 2-year period. The overall coloring was faded and washed out. There was a significant amount of wood graying over the entire deck.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7
–Baker’s Deck Stain does penetrate well. About a third of the finish was worn away though in the high traffic areas after 2 years. In more protected areas where stain remained there was not significant peeling.
Cost Per Square Foot: 7
–Baker’s Stain is on the less expensive end of most wood stains we have tested. The coverage rate of our test deck was not that great, which drove up the overall cost. We averaged a low 125 square feet per gallon spread rate. For a 400 square foot deck, we needed 6 gallons of Baker’s Stain. This drove our cost up to .50 cents per square foot.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 7
–Both mold and mildew were found living in the finish. Black mildew spots were abundant in the stain along with algae growth on top of the stain especially near the outside edges of the floor.
Ease of Application: 7.5
–For ease of application, we experienced average results. Due to a low coverage rate, we had to give Baker’s a lower score. We used a sprayer for the first coat and a stain pad for the second coat. We had 3 hours of labor applying 2 coats of Baker’s Stain on our 400 square foot test deck.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8
–Color shifting score was not great due to the black mildew and algae problems that we experienced after 2 years. Some darkening was noticed.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 7
–We believe it would be best to strip Baker’s Wood Stain off completely to get back down to bare wood. Baker’s should strip off fairly easily due to wearing off so much after 2 years. A decent wood deck stain stripper should work well to remove Baker’s. If the Baker’s had faded evenly, you would be able to clean and reapply instead of stripping.
Overall Score Bakers Wood Stain at 2 Year Period: 7.25
–This is a slightly above average stain. After some research, we found that Baker’s is a watered down version off of TWP 200 Stain. Our investigation uncovered the fact that Texas Wood Products buys TWP in concentration from Amteco (manufacturer of TWP) then changes the formula. They package it as Baker’s Wood Stain. The result is a different version of TWP Stain. We suggest using TWP Wood Stains if you want the full results of a professional oil based exterior wood stain.
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon, $149.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Oil-Based semi-transparents
Available Colors: Super Clear, Super Gold Cedar, Super Cedar, Super Cedar Dark, Walnut, Super Redwood, Driftwood, Special Blend, Redwood, Cedar tone, Natural Cedar, Sierra, Red Barn, Oak, Chocolate, Dark Oak, Coffee, Taupe, Driftwood, Slate Gray, Gray Stone, Dark Gray, Espresso, Ebony
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. “Wet on Wet”
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 48 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant
Manufacturer: Bakers Wood Products
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 400
UV Exposure: Full Deck
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Super Cedar Gold
*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.