Bakers Wood Stain Review – Updated 2024  3.8/5 (2)

This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Bakers Wood Stain Review 2024

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Bakers Wood Deck Stain

Bakers Wood Deck Stain

Note: This is an updated Review for the Bakers Gray Away Stain

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 have made Baker’s Wood Stain a leading professional’s choice stain for exterior wood surfaces.

Bakers Wood Deck Stain Ratings (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 no 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.

The 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 the 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 Gemini/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.

Product Information:

Cost: $43.99 per Gallon, $179.99 per 5 Gallon Pail

Stain Type: Oil-Based semi-transparent

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 into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.

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Jim Millman
Jim Millman
6 years ago

I do not see anything about Penofin deck finishes. How do they rate in your opinion. A few years ago I had a professional deck refinisher do my deck with Penofin when I was disabled and the deck looked and lasted better than when I used the Olympic semi-transparent finish.

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