Baker’s Gray Away wood stain from Texas Wood Products is a premium, long-lasting, easy to apply stain, sealer and wood preservative perfect for Fences, Decks, Roofs, Siding, and Log homes. Special UV stable pigments, resins and heavy duty penetrating oils make Baker’s stain is the first choice of professionals for deck staining, fence staining, deck sealing, fence sealing, staining cedar shakes and siding and any other exterior wood sealing project.
Bakers Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7
– The Super Cedar Gold was used for the test deck. The color did not highlight evenly throughout the decking surface. The knots in the wood had a much lighter tone of color while the rest of the wood had a yellow hue to the wood grain.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6
– We were not impressed with Baker’s stain after two years. The majority of the color had a washed out look and there was a decent amount of graying of the wood cells.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 6
– Bakers Wood Stain films closer to the surface than other stains that we have tested. About 30% of the finish had completely worn off in the higher traffic areas. Closer to the house there was some heavy peeling of the stain
Cost Per Square Foot: 7
– Bakers Wood Stain is less per gallon than other wood stains but the spread rate on our test deck was poor. We averaged about 125 square feet per gallon. We used 6.5 gallons of Bakers on our test deck or about $200 for 400 sq. feet. This averages to $.50 a square foot.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 7
– Mold and algae were noticeably growing in the finish. Little small black dots of mold had accumulated throughout the coating and algae had grown on top of the wood near the outside edging of the deck flooring.
Ease of Application: 7.5
– This is an average product to apply. We would have given the Bakers a higher rating if the coverage was better. We applied the stain by spraying on a light first coat and reapplied the second coat with a stain pad and brush. Total application time took 3 hours for the two coats of Bakers Wood Stain on our 400-foot deck and rails.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7
– We gave the Bakers Wood Stain and average score here due to the mold and algae issues.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 7
– Best would be to strip the is stain off completely and start over. This would be an easy strip as the Bakers was barely noticeable after the 2 years test period. Any quality deck stain stripper should work to remove this stain.
Overall Score Bakers Wood Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.81
– An average wood deck stain in our opinion. We did some research on the Bakers Wood Stain and came up with this conclusion. Bakers is a “watered down” knock-off version of TWP Stains. It is our understanding that they buy this from Amteco (manufacturer of TWP) in a concentrated formula then add paint thinners and solvents to thin the product. They then add in some clay pigments for color effect. The end result is a poor version of the TWP Wood Stains and that is why it scores so much lower. If you want the real thing then buy the TWP 100 Series or the TWP 1500 Series.
Cost: $35.99 per Gallon, $179.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Oil-Based
Available Colors: Super Clear, Super Gold Cedar, Super Cedar, Super Cedar Dark, Walnut, Super Redwood, Driftwood, Special Blend
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 into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.