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Updated February 2020

The Best Deck Stain for Canada?

DeckStainHelp.com has become the Internet’s go-to resource for all things wood deck restoration related. Since this article was first released, Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains was introduced to the market. It is a high quality durable semi-transparent stain that is ideal for Canadian climates. Our go-to stains for Canada’s climate are:

Top-Rated Deck Stains Canada

  1. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
  2. TWP 200 Series
  3. Armstrong Clark Stains
  4. Defy Extreme Stain

Feel free to leave us a comment below with questions you may have.


What is Best Deck Stain for Canada’s harsh climate?

Choosing a deck stain these days takes more things into consideration such as the environment. Many deck stain companies are being forced to comply with these tighter regulations or be forced out of business. Areas like Canada have stricter guidelines than other areas for shipping deck stain.

Obviously, Canada also has some pretty harsh weather that can wreak havoc on a deck stain. Long hard winters and large amounts of snowfall can deteriorate an unprotected deck in little time. So finding a VOC compliant deck stain that will hold up to Canadian winters can be a little tricky. To answer the common question “what is the best deck stain for Canada” we will take a look at a couple of different brands.

Top Picks for Canada Deck Stain

Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. Applying to damp wood allows you the ability to prep and stain on the same day, saving you a tremendous amount of time. In 2018, our first full year of using the Restore A Deck stain, we had zero issues with performance and saved a tremendous amount of time with the ability to prep and stain on the same day. The Restore A Deck Stains come in both Semi-Transparent and Solid Colors.

Defy Extreme is a water-based VOC compliant formula that is still durable enough for Canadian weather. Defy Extreme will outperform all other water-based stains on the market. This unique deck stain combines Nanoparticles and synthetic resins to produce a one of a kind formula that provides optimal UV protection like no other tinted transparent wood stain.

Defy is a penetrating stain that will dive deep into the wood pores so moisture cannot get in. This is an excellent choice compared to the film-forming stains that stay on the surface and would not hold up well to harsh weather conditions. Defy’s high performing, low VOC formula makes it a good candidate for the best deck stain for Canada.

Another great choice for the best deck stain for Canada is Armstrong Clark Deck Stains. If you prefer oil-based formula rather than water-based, then this stain is ideal. Its low odor oil formula is compliant with all environmental standards in Canada.

This unique formula is specially designed to revitalize the wood by replacing its missing natural oils. These oils are non-drying and condition the wood while the drying oils form a protective barrier on the surface. It will stand up to harsh winters and ensure maximum protection in a low VOC formula perfect for Canada.

Another semi-transparent oil-based option for Canada is the TWP 200 Series. Containing a paraffin oil, TWP 200 series penetrates wood extremely well. The Paraffin oil is a “non-drying” oil that enhances the wood cells structural stability. This greatly improves the wood’s life and appearance.

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J Wyman Rosenthal
J Wyman Rosenthal

We have an old cedar lower deck with almost no stain left that is
cracking and splintering. We have just built a treated brown wood upper deck next to it. We would like you stain both so they are the same, using a solid (redish) brown stain. What would you recommend that is available in Canada, preferably in a store? (I don’t feel comfortable ordering online in case I don’t buy enough or I butt too much I prefer too get advice from a store.) Would it be okay to wait till the spring? What prep needs to be done on the older cedar deck? Thank you

Diana Herrington
Diana Herrington

Where can I buy (not online) Restore-a Deck Wood stain in Ottawa?

Jill
Jill

Hi!
Can we use the TWP or Armstrong Clark on cedar privacy screens and/or pergolas?
If not, do you have a recommendation?

Dianne
Dianne

Would you use something other than Sikkens for an old cedar fence that’s been powerwashed? We are in Victoria, BC. The fence is 22 yrs old and has been coated every 10 yrs with semi-transparent cedar color.

Jjim
Jjim

We live in Toronto and have always used the old Flood UV cedar semi transparent stain on a cedar deck. What would be a comparable stain since Flood no longer makes this product and there is no UV protection?

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Ad Man

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M Ducharme
M Ducharme

Who manufactures “Rez” brand stain?

Diane
Diane

I am trying to restore an old pressure treated wood deck at my cottage in Haliburton, ON
It has some semi transparant stain on the railing spindels, but the deck looks like it has never been stained. What would you recommend I use. I plan to pressure wash the deck and railing to remove dirt, mold and any stain left on the railing before staining.

David Bell
David Bell

Where can Restore- A- Deck, Defy or Armstrong Clark, stains be purchased in Kanata, Ontario, Canada?

Nancy G
Nancy G

Hi there. We have a 15 year cedar deck that have had a variety of treatments over the years. It does not look like it will be hard to sand to the wood but we want to be sure that we use a higher quality product than we have in the past. Thanks, in advance, for any help!

Location: Alberta, Canada

Mike007
Mike007

For a deck near a swimming pool , transparent no color, oil based , what do you recommend ? Thanks

Karen
Karen

I am choosing a stain for our western red cedar deck. It’s low profile ( 2 ft off of ground) tamped gravel base. We live in Ontario.

What would your top pick be an why? Do you have any opinion on Sansin stain?

Galina
Galina

We’ve got a 12 year old cedar deck. Been painting, and repainting it now for several years. We are the original owners and built it ourselves. Now, more than ever, it needs to be completely redone. Looking for your qualified advise on which protocol to apply and which products to use. We live in Toronto. So far, we haven’t found an ideal product for our beautiful cedar deck and its maintenance is been painful thus far… . Appreciate hearing from you!

Brenda Wong
Brenda Wong

Hello, I am from Montreal, Quebec and we just installed a treated wood deck on 7/9/2019. I was told by the installer to lightly sand it with 60 grit. Then to stain the deck ASAP preferably within 3 weeks time using an oil based stain.

I had also read some conflicting information which said to wait at least a year for the wood to dry thoroughly…..then stain.

Do you think I should stain using an oil based product right away or wait until next year? Do you recommend the Armstrong over the Sansin semi-transparent?

Thank you!

Shayne
Shayne

Hi Marnie…I live in Bradford and am a painter and stainer. A excellent stain product I have always used for any exterior wood is Flood, which is now owned by Dulux.

MARNIE Ross
MARNIE Ross

Hi from Aurora, Ontario 😁 We just installed a cedar deck. What’s best product to protect our investment….and how long will it last? We are currently installing a pressure treated large privacy wall of random width boards on one side of the deck and would like to use a semi transparent colour. What product do tou recommend..??? Many Thanks in advance for your recommendations. (And where do we buy these products)

Bettieanne
Bettieanne

What is the best deck sealer for a mahogany deck

David
David

I am from northern Canada, and trying to decide between Defy or Armstrong. Which is easier for reapplication down the road? Also everyone seems to recommend a solid stain, but am I right in saying you guys would recommend a semi-Transparent stain? Same criteria in that I’m concerned about which type would be longer lasting between reapplication and which would be be easier to reapply.

Thanks for all the great I formation so far smile

Y.L.
Y.L.

I am in northern Alberta Canada and looking to stain a pressure treated fence. Between Armstrong Clark vs the TWP 200 series, is one better for protection/longevity in your opinion? I noticed the paraffin oil in the TWP that I don’t see mentioned in the Armstrong Clark. It seems Armstrong Clark has more variety of colour. Do you recommend one over the other in your experience? Thanks!

Nicole Williams
Nicole Williams

Hi just finished the frame for a new deck. Installing cedar decking planks. I want to keep the natural color as well. What do you recommend and should I paint all the planks before install or after.? And what would be the timeline for follow up care to keep it looking new and with what?

l.a.
l.a.

After 3 years of living in my home, I notice the deck is slippery and has lots of algae. Yesterday I powerwash the deck to get rid of all that algae. I was quite surprised that lots of the old stains came off as well. Although the deck doesn’t look so good, but it is clean and safe! Now, I am concerning *only* with getting something to protect the wood so it will last. Unfortunately, the more I read, the more confuse I am because there seem to be so many steps I’ll have to do. Help! Please recommend as to what I can do to accomplish my goal. Making the deck look good is nice but is not a requirement. However, putting on something that last AND also protects the wood well is crucially important.
Attached are a few pictures of my deck after the power wash.
Much appreciate for any help you can give.

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Dawn Carnegie
Dawn Carnegie

What is the best stain for a cedar deck?

I have power washed and sanded my elevated 4 year old cedar deck in preparation for staining but I’m unsure of the best product to use. My husband treated it with a Thompson’s water seal just after it was built and it was horrible. After doing a little research I realize he should have waited or treated it first. Its been 4 years and the deck has since been sanded twice and pressure washed. We have not applied any treatment on it since.
I live in the Toronto area and my deck faces south so it takes a beating by the sun. I’m looking for a warm natural cedar colour. Any information/tips you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Dawn

Steve
Steve

Where can I buy Armstrong Clark or TWP 200 in Ontario Canada?

Titus Tucan
Titus Tucan

did you find out where in Canada we can buy this? I live in Montreal

Salem Hendow
Salem Hendow

Good day
I applied a sealer about 3 years ago, now i would like to revive the wood, the sealer is still doing its job, should I Varnish or stain ! Do I pressure wash to remove the sealer prior to this project!

Sam

P.S: Whats the difference in durability and appearance between Stain and Varnish

Stephen
Stephen

Hi,
I’m planning on redoing our deck this spring. I would like to refinish it with a transparent grey product. We live in Montreal so the deck sees harsh winters and is exposed to extreme sun in the summer. Can you tell me what products (stripper,brightener and stain) you’d recommend to treat my cedar deck ?
Thank you!

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Kate Smithson
Kate Smithson

Living in Canada, our cottage decks take a beating, between hot summers [if we’re lucky, and cold, snowy winters.
We used C2Guard on an extensive deck because of it’s great warranty … 7 years. Now, 3 years on, the colour has worn in places and looks shabby. In speaking with the dealer, we were assured the product had entered the wood and is protecting it, but the surface colour has worn off. [?!] What to do now?
We were also told, [after the fact] that we should not have stained the wood immediately, as the boards ‘seal’ from the milling and need to sit for a year… wish we’d known this!
However, now we are faced with doing something as the deck looks so shabby. We have power washed it and are trying to determine what to put on next … more C2 Guard or another product.
Advice, please.

Renata
Renata

Hi I sanded the whole deck one year ago and stained it with sansin but it started peeling in a few months.
To try a new stain, what prep do I have to do? Sand it all off again? Its a huge deck and took six hours to stain just the floor no railings.
Im in Canada and the deck goes around our pool…no shade.
Recommendations would be great!
Thanks!

Dave
Dave

Where can I buy this stain in peterborough Ontario

Susan Berry
Susan Berry

I live near Kingston Ontario, so have a typical Canadian winter. I have a very large deck that I am tired of stripping, sanding and recoating every other year. I have been using Flood Pro Series Solid stain, and even though I have 2 free gallons in my basement, I am not willing to use it again. The last time I applied this stain, it did not last 6 months. Partt of my deck is under cover, which needless to say, holds up beautifully. The other part is in the direct sun, and does not hold up at all. I went with solid because I wanted a greyish colour to blend in with my siding, however, I am getting too old to go through the exercise in futility every year. Please tell me what you would recommend. I am leaning towards the TWP210, but don’t know where I get it in Canada and whether or not I can get a sample. Thank you in advance for your attention in this matter.

Cliff Yanover
Cliff Yanover

I have a large deck constructed of clear cedar, about 500 square feet. There is another 100 square feet of pergola and lattice structures. The deck faces east and south and receives direct sunshine for about 9 hours/day. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta where temperatures can exceed 30 Celsius for days at a time. In the winter we experience extreme cold, about -30 Celsius, and also snow. We have Chinook winds which will increase the temperature from -30 to plus 20 in a few hours, so there are a lot of freeze thaw cycles. I have used Sikkens Cetol which failed after one year; the coating turned from a lovely cedar colour to an orange colour. I currently have Sansin SDF coating, Champagne colour. This was applied in a garage after the wood was planed, sanded and applied per instructions. The Sansin coating seemed to peel off after one year. Sansin customer service advised me that I likely did not apply the product properly, however, I applied it in a garage, as mentioned the wood had been planed and sanded with 80 grit sandpaper, and I always kept a leading wet edge and used additional product as seemed necessary. Sansin recommended a certain mil level of product, but this was impractical to gauge.

I want to refinish my deck and plan to strip the old finish and use a brightener.

Please advise which product would work best for my deck. I do not want to invest a huge amount of time and labour only to have a product fail once again.

David
David

Very disappointed with the product and the customers’ service of Sansin. I’ve followed every step on my cedar patio and only one year after the application, Sansin Dec is peeling off… I’ve tried to contact Sansin to get a refund, or at least, to know what happened, 3 months later and plenty of email and phone calls, I still haven’t got any real answer from Sansin… It’s a shame. Keep away.

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Kristine
Kristine

It’s been less than a year since I used Sansin on our deck, and it is doing the exact same thing! What did you end up doing to your deck after all this mess to get it back looking reasonable?

Doug Fraser
Doug Fraser

Did you prep the deck by washing and neutralizing the ph first. And was the deck sanded prior to application? Recommended 60 grit firs then 80.

Anik
Anik

We stained our log home and 4000square foot deck with Sasin product…. massive investment and effort and less then 2 year after we have over again. We would not recommend Sasin product to anyone, bad product and they do mot stand behing their brand.

Salem Hendow
Salem Hendow

Hi
I treated my 16 X 16 deck with Sansin sealer, 3 yrs later it still looks good. Now i want to apply varnish or stain it.
After seeing your feed back i think will go with CABOT available at Home depot and Reno.

Sam
Montreal Laval

Joey
Joey

To add to my question when is the best time of year in Quebec Canada to stain a new deck built late June 2018

Joey
Joey

Best time of year to stain deck in Canada

Rosanna
Rosanna

P.S. I need it for a outdoor wooden pergola….thanks again.

Rosanna
Rosanna

what is the best stain and sealer sold in Canada. I need it a.s.a.p so can’t order online and wait for it’s arrival.

Thanks.

Kathy Campbell
Kathy Campbell

AS recommended by my local quality paint store, I am considering using C2 Gurad on both a NEW Douglas Fir Deck and an older deck at my cabin that is in dire need of treatment. I cannot fin where to search for reviews on this website. Is there a review? What can you tell me about this product

Frank
Frank

I had initially used Sansin Weatherbos on my cedar deck with annual touch-up and it lasted about tens years before I encountered wood rot. I live in southern Ontario and cedar doesn’t hold-up well outside of dry environment where humidity predominates. Under such influence the soft viperous pores of the wood allow it to become prone to over burdening expansion and contraction imposed by both cold then hot seasonal changes. I decided to resurface the entire deck with Sienna PT……Not as attractive in overall appearance and a trade-off to more resilience. Now after a year since installing it has acclimatized and is surface ready for a good quality stain. And, what should it be? TWP-100, or Seiken….or?? Help.

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Paul
Paul

These reviews are really great, but what about stains that you can actually purchase in local retailers ?

Mark Warmington
Mark Warmington

Hi, I stained our cedar deck with Flood UVW 5 2 years ago and it’s aleady failed. I. Have read that Flood transparent oil based stains have gone through a lot of changes recently and one vendor here actually hesitates to sell it to me. I will sand down to bare wood, but rails, posts, etc, will still have old Flood stain on them. I was thinking of going with Sikkens Cetol Dek finish, but concerned that they may not bond well.

Frank
Frank

I know someone who applied Sikkens on all four sides of a cedar shed 10 years ago and it is still holding up quite well without the need for a touch-up to this day in time. Much of what I have heard or even read states that Sikkens Cetol holds up well on vertical surfaces and not too well on flat surfaces like a deck. Even though they label it as ‘Dek’ finish.

Janine
Janine

How does Sherwin Williams stain hold up against your recommendations?

Beverley DeVries
Beverley DeVries

We have sanded down a deck that had an opaque finish. Not sure if it was paint or stain. The sanding left some spots of the old finish. Can we stain over this remaining finish? It is spotty and has all been scuffed by the sander, just not entirely removed on about 15 % of the total surface.

Jim Kernested
Jim Kernested

I have 2 decks … both are pressure treated, one is at least 20 years old, and the other is about 4 years … the newer deck boards are a bit different than the old
Last year, I cleaned the deck as I have many, many times, and, as usual, applied a Thompson Waterseal product … this time I used a tinted one as I wanted it to match my fence
I am now, very unhappy, as the finish is all wearing off … again, it has only been a year
I have decided that i would now like to have it “stained” a medium grey colour … either a Solid Stain or Paint (I doubt paint)
What prep work is required, and which product is best … I am in Winnipeg, MB, where we all know has the most extreme weather around

Thank you

Lisa
Lisa

Would you be able to recommend a product that has a local Canadian distributor (I can go to store and buy) and does not need to be purchased with shipping from USA? All the ones listed above need to be ordered – I don’t want to wait the shipping period and many have restrictions on size you can order (don’t need a pail) – Thanks!

Bruce walker
Bruce walker

I have never heard of any of these stains. Thanks. I hope tried the ones widely advertised but they do not last long. Will these out do Baere and the others?
Bruce

Joris
Joris

I am looking for a stain for a new cedar (still green) wood deck; we live on Vancouver Island where it is quite rainy/snowy in the winter and hot and sunny in the summer. We have children and a built-in cedar hot tub with lots of barefoot traffic. We want to minimize our kid’s toxic exposure. Which of stain do you recommend?

Selina
Selina

So are the formulas for Sikkens deck stain and Cabot gold different in Canada than the USA? Just wondering because we can buy these two brands in Canada.

robin
robin

I want to restain my deck. but I have a pond near deck. which stain should I choose to use not killing my fish?
thanks!
robin

Johanna
Johanna

Do your reviews for the decks stains also apply to fences? I want to stain my fence – we live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where there are harsh winters and hot summers. For a water-based stain, would Defy Extreme be the best choice? Also, we have pets – is this the safest option for dogs? Last question – do you know of online retailers who ship to Canada? Thanks so much!

Lori Murphy
Lori Murphy

I am hoping to re stain my picket fence next weekend. I originally used a water based stain from Dulux, solid stain in a creamy beige.
The whole fence is on the south side of the house, so full sun all day. It needs to be sanded and cracks filled. But I’d like to know whether I should use the Dulux again or would you recommend another product?

Marko makela
Marko makela

How does twp 200 compare to twp 1500 in canadian climate..i know 1500 is not available here..but just for comparison..also how does twp 200 hold up to mold/mildew..as i heard the.funguside is main ingredient banned in canada that the 1500 and 100 has….thanks
ALSO DULUX STORES.WILL ORDER TWP PRODUCTS I TO CANADA